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MP wants police to probe council

John Mason
John Mason said the allegations went beyond Mr Purcell's personal tragedy

Strathclyde Police has been asked to investigate allegations reported in the media since Steven Purcell resigned as leader of Glasgow City Council.

SNP MP for Glasgow East, John Mason, said he had written to Chief Constable Stephen House.

It follows weekend press reports that individuals and organisations allegedly benefited from the council's external construction body, City Building.

Mr Mason said the issue was no longer about Mr Purcell's personal tragedy.

"We have had a series of extremely serious allegations in the media over the past two weeks, including new reports over the weekend, and people in Glasgow deserve to have all of these issues properly investigated," he said.

"This is no longer about the personal tragedy of Steven Purcell, or even how recent events are impacting on the running of the city.

John Mason might think sending newspaper cuttings to Strathclyde Police is a good political stunt, but he has been completely unable to specify what he is alleging
Tom Harris
Labour MP for Glasgow South

"The issues reported in the media go well beyond that, which is why I am now referring the matter to Strathclyde Police."

Mr Purcell resigned as leader of Glasgow City Council two weeks ago, citing exhaustion.

A spokeswoman for Strathclyde Police said the force had received a letter from Mr Mason and would be considering its contents.

The correspondence meanwhile has been described as a "political stunt" by Labour MP for Glasgow South, Tom Harris.

"For the last week, he (Mr Mason) has been trying to exploit the circumstances of Steven Purcell's departure from public life for personal and political gain," he said.

"John Mason might think sending newspaper cuttings to Strathclyde Police is a good political stunt, but he has been completely unable to specify what he is alleging.

"Without any actual allegation or evidence, this is cheap, grubby and self-evidently without foundation. In truth he is now guilty of participating in a vicious, nudge-nudge smear campaign."

It also emerged on Monday that SNP Group leader on Glasgow City Council, James Dornan, has written to Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill calling for a full investigation into the activities of the council and its arms-length bodies under Mr Purcell's leadership.



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