The investigators' say that the verbal evidence they received was damning of fierce factionalism within the council. There were also formal complaints of verbal intimidation and bullying of officials and others. It heard that some members had interfered with the day-to-day operational management of the council, and found the claims credible.
It concludes that lord provost Pat Lally sought to undermine the group leadership, as did his deputy Alex Mosson, who is also accused of adopting an inappropriate stance towards employees and procedures. Council leader Bob Gould is accused of failing to offer appropriate leadership and his deputy Gordon McDiarmid of failing to operate within council procedures. The parks and recreation convener Jim Mutter is alleged to have used threatening behaviour towards colleagues, as well as abusing attendance at conferences.
As for the current contest for council leadership, councillor Frank McAveety says he will stand for election to wrest control from the Labour group. He is quoted: 'Glasgow needs a generational leap in leadership to make the city great again.' The Scotsman suggests that acting council leader Jean McFadden has a battle on her hands to keep the Labour group together. McAveety said: 'We need someone in charge who can cut through the centre of these cliques and reunite the group.' The licensing chairman Jim Coleman and the Labour group secretary Des McNulty are also expected to fight for leadership.
The Herald (p1) features the new rules which Labour will put into place to allow them to strip to allow them to strip cllr Lally of his civic office. Acting leader Jean McFadden states that it is clear the party wants the suspended members to be replaced.