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LALLY IS DEFIANT DURING THREE-HOUR MEETING

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The Scotsman (p6) reports on yesterday's three-hour meeting between Lord Provost of Glasgow Pat Lally and Labour 's...
The Scotsman (p6) reports on yesterday's three-hour meeting between Lord Provost of Glasgow Pat Lally and Labour 'sleaze investigators' in which he denied any wrong-dong. Lally is quoted: 'I have dealt with all the matters raised. I was doing a lot of talking. I'm sure they will have found it rewarding and enlightening. I'm sure they were impressed.' Interviews were arranged for the suspended Glasgow councillors with party officials to hear their response to misconduct claims.

The meetings, which some of the accused councillors have refused to attend after taking legal advice, was the first time the charges against them were described in detail. The NEC will next week decide if there is enough evidence to warrant full hearings into the claims against the councillors.

Meanwhile, Glasgow City Council's new leader Frank McAveety and his deputy Charlie Gordon have decided to hand any new allegations made against councillors directly to party whips for immediate investigation. He is quoted: 'The Labour party is sending clear signals across Scotland about the role of local government and we must respond to that. We have made it clear that we expect the highest standards.'
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