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Profile: Steven Purcell

Steven Purcell
Mr Purcell became councillor for Blairdardie in Glasgow in 1995

Steven Purcell - who has stepped down as leader of Glasgow City Council - was regarded as one of Labour's rising stars in Scotland.

Born in 1972, he has lived all his life in Yoker in the west of the city and was educated at St Thomas Aquinas Secondary School.

After leaving school at the age of 16, Mr Purcell started work on a YTS scheme in 1988 in a building society.

He had joined the Labour Party in 1986, campaigning for Donald Dewar and helping the future Scottish first minister secure his Westminster seat in Garscadden in the 1987 election.

Mr Purcell was first elected as a Glasgow councillor for the ward of Blairdardie in 1995, aged just 22.

Between 1999 and 2003, he was the council's convener of development and regeneration services.

During this time he oversaw the creation of the Glasgow City Plan.

Commonwealth legacy

From 2003 until his election as leader, Mr Purcell was convener of education, and helped deliver a £220m PPP programme to refurbish or rebuild secondary schools across the city.

He was elected, unopposed, as leader of Glasgow City Council in May 2005 at the age of 32.

In his time in the job he played a high-profile role in helping to bring the 2014 Commonwealth Games to Glasgow.

However, he also clashed with First Minister Alex Salmond over the Scottish government's decision to cancel the Glasgow Airport Rail Link project.

In 2006 Mr Purcell announced he was gay and that he was separating from his wife.

The politician had been tipped to become a future Labour leader at Holyrood or an MP but is reported to have put his wider career aspirations on hold in order to oversee a successful Commonwealth Games for Glasgow.

He is a keen football fan and his interests include reading, music, history and debates.

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