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MONKLANDS LEADER THREATENED ME, CLAIMS MP

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Tory MP David Shaw claims that after giving evidence to the Monklands inquiry yesterday, he was threatened by counc...
Tory MP David Shaw claims that after giving evidence to the Monklands inquiry yesterday, he was threatened by council leader Jim Brooks.

The Scotsman reports (p7) that Mr Shaw told the inquiry that Monklands was 'one of the most ineffective, nepotistic, corrupt councils in the country.'

Jim Brooks sat shaking his head throughout the MP's evidence, reports the paper. Later in the House of Commons Mr Shaw claimed that: 'On my departing from the inquiry , I was given the usual threat by the leader of the council, who insisted on threatening to visit myself and my family.'

At the inquiry, Mr Shaw, an MP for Dover on the English south coast, admitted that he only began criticising Monklands in 1992 after the late John Smith, who was an MP for the area, became Labour leader. But Mr Shaw said that he became interested because as a former councillor and a trained chartered accountant, he could spot something untoward.
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