The Herald (26 March, p8) reported that Tony Kinder, chairman of the strategic services committee, accused the West Lothian Labour group of being poorly led, dominated by self-seeking careerists and tolerant of bigotry.
He said: 'My position has been made untenable by a combination of factors. Supposed Labour colleagues have ben leaking stories about me. These all turn out to be without foundation but are harmful to my reputation and ability to work.'
He is currently under investigation by the council's standards committee over allegations he failed to declare an interest when he chaired a committee which gave a£5,000 grant to a friend, Professor Alfred Molina, to hold a conference.