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LABOUR TO MOVE SWIFTLY TO REMOVE GLASGOW CLLRS FROM OFFICE

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The Scotsman (p1) publishes details of the allegations being levelled against nine Glasgow City Council members. Co...
The Scotsman (p1) publishes details of the allegations being levelled against nine Glasgow City Council members. Councillors were investigated over allegations of 'inappropriate' attendances at conferences and other events. And the team led by Labour national executive committee member Margaret McCulloch expressed particular concern about the use of money from Glasgow's Common Good Fund.

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.

Meanwhile, the Labour party has admitted that it overstepped the mark by stating in Wednesday's press release that the nine 'will have charges laid against them'. In a hearing at the court of session, the judge ruled that it was an irresponsible statement given that the decision whether charges would be laid against them had not been reached.

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.

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