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Police 'to decline' council probe

Steven Purcell
Steven Purcell resigned from the council citing stress and exhaustion

Strathclyde Police is expected to reject calls from SNP MP John Mason for a criminal probe into Glasgow City Council, BBC Scotland understands.

It follows a decision by Audit Scotland to also reject calls from Mr Mason to investigate the council under the leadership of Steven Purcell.

Mr Purcell resigned as leader of the authority on 2 March, citing stress and exhaustion as the cause.

Since then, allegations have emerged about how contracts were awarded.

Mr Mason wrote to Audit Scotland and Strathclyde Police asking for allegations, which had surfaced in the media, to be investigated.

But in a letter to Mr Mason Audit Scotland stated that the council was responsible for its own affairs.

It said additional audit work was unnecessary without evidence of poor governance or financial irregularity.

BBC Scotland understands that Strathclyde Police will also decline to investigate the matter.

In a separate development, Glasgow City Council has called on Mr Mason to provide it with evidence after allegations were made about the awarding of contracts by City Building.

The construction firm is wholly owned by the council.



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