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THE GLASGOW PLOT THICKENS

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The Scotsman (p1) reports on the latest developments in the scandal that has hit Glasgow City Council. Acting counc...
The Scotsman (p1) reports on the latest developments in the scandal that has hit Glasgow City Council. Acting council leader Jean McFadden has announced that Labour wants the nine suspended councillors to be stripped of office before an official ruling on their future is made.

She is quoted: 'I'm fairly clear in my own mind that what the NEC of the Labour Party wants the (Labour) group to do is remove from office those of the nine who actually held office -- including the lord provost and the deputy convener of the council. There are procedures for putting that in motion.' She said that the current law allows for the council to remove the holders of all senior posts; the appointments 'are made by the council and it's only the council that can change those appointments. Since the Labour group is the majority group ... if it makes a recommendation, then it's pretty certain that recommendation will be accepted by the council.'

When asked by her interviewer if she thought that lord provost Pat Lally would be removed from office, she replied: 'I'm pretty certain that is to happen.' The Scotsman gathers reactions from various of the suspended councillors, including a source close to Lally who suggests that McFadden's comments 'would seem to suggest that the councillors have been found guilty before the charges have been laid'.

Parks and recreation convener James Mutter said: 'As far as union rights are concerned, if anyone is dismissed from their job, they have a right of appeal if they feel charges against them are unfair, and we would uphold union rights. What would happen if such charges are not upheld?'

The Scotsman (p19) also includes a commentary piece which provides background information on both councillor Frank McAveety and McFadden who are predicted to be in competition for the Labour group leadership election. The paper describes McAveety as Old Labour, citing his plans for new taxes which, it claims, would commit the council to spending up to half a million pounds extra. It also questions his commitment to partnership with the private sector, whereas McFadden is held up as a successful initiator of public/private sector schemes.
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