Dornan Demands Gray and Murphy Investigate Glasgow Labour

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Glasgow City Council’s Leader of the Opposition, SNP Councillor James Dornan, has today written to Jim Murphy MP and Iain Gray MSP over the ongoing scandals rocking Glasgow City Council’s ruling Labour group.

 

Glasgow City Council’s Leader of the Opposition, SNP Councillor James Dornan, has today written to Jim Murphy MP and Iain Gray MSP over the ongoing scandals rocking Glasgow City Council’s ruling Labour group.
 
Commenting on the letter, Councillor Dornan said:
“For too long the Labour Party has run Glasgow as it’s own fiefdom, but the last six months have begun to expose the underbelly of Labour rule.
 
“I have continually called for a full and independent inquiry into the decisions of Glasgow’s Labour administration under the leadership of Mr Purcell and to the present day; example after example of bad practice and alleged criminality has emerged and it is time for transparency into the workings of this Labour administration.
 
“That is why I have written, once again, to Audit Scotland calling for an independent inquiry and also to Jim Murphy and Iain Gray, as senior Labour politicians in Scotland, urging them to support my call to Audit Scotland and also to hold a Labour Party investigation into the murky world of Glasgow Labour.” 

An SNP motion to Council in April 2010, calling for a full independent investigation into the decisions of Glasgow under Purcell’s leadership, was voted down by the ruling Labour administration with the support of the Lib Dems.

Cllr Dornan wrote to Audit Scotland on the 6th of August 2010 following further revelations surrounding land deals in the east end of Glasgow.

The full text of Cllr Dornan’s letter to Jim Murphy MP and Iain Gray MSP can be found below:

 
I write to you as the Leader of the Opposition in Glasgow City Council to raise the matter of the conduct of a number of your Labour Party elected members in recent months.
 
As you are no doubt well aware there have been a number of unsavoury incidents uncovered involving Labour councillors in Glasgow during 2010, beginning with the forced resignation of Alistair Watson as Chair of SPT and the resignation of the Council Leader Stephen Purcell. Since then there have been numerous allegations of:

  • drug taking
  • drug dealing
  • dodgy business relationships between Labour councillors and Glasgow businessmen
  • questionable land deals involving Commonwealth Games sites, developers and the Labour run council
  • cronyism in the appointment of Arms Length External Organisation chairs
  • corruption regarding the awarding of council tax payers’ money to the Castro organisation, run by a then Labour councillor and a close friend of the then Council Leader Stephen Purcell,
  • accusations of sexual harassment by one Labour Councillor on two of his female Labour colleagues and now
  • the closing down of a much needed LGBT Centre as a consequence of, at best, the ineptitude of the council in awarding the contract to an organisation not fit for purpose.

Furthermore, there is the extremely serious matter of three Labour councillors being investigated by Strathclyde Police with offences relating to some of the examples above. Indeed, just this week one of these councillors was arrested by the Strathclyde Police for Breach of the Peace because of his inappropriate behaviour of a sexual nature.
 
As a senior member of the Labour Party in Scotland I’m sure you agree with me that this string of misconduct cannot be allowed to continue in Scotland’s largest city. It adds to the continual diminution of a once great political party but, more importantly, is casting a pall over this great city of Glasgow.
 
I urge you to use your good offices to instigate an investigation to discover what has gone wrong within Glasgow Labour and support me in my call to Audit Scotland for a full and independent investigation into Glasgow City Council’s Labour Administration.
 
Yours sincerely
 
Councillor James Dornan
Leader of the Opposition
SNP Member, Langside Ward