The leader of Glasgow City Council is expected to announce his resignation amid fears that he is suffering from stress.
Steven Purcell has been one of the leading figures in the Labour party and had been tipped as a future leader of his party in Scotland or an MP. However, it is understood that the councillor will announce his intention to resign from the post as council leader over fears for his health. He is expected to stay on as a councillor.
The 37-year-old’s future is to be discussed at a special meeting of the Glasgow council’s Labour group on Tuesday. His fellow Labour councillor were said to have been informed of his decision on Monday afternoon.
In recent weeks, he was closely involved in the recent controversy at Strathclyde Partnership for Transport where several leading figures including the chief executive and chairman resigned. Mr Purcell was also a leading figure in the organisation of the Commonwealth Games which come to Glasgow in 2014. He was also recently involved in a high-profile spat with First Minister Alex Salmond over the cancellation of the Glasgow Airport Rail Link
Mr Purcell was the youngest leader of Glasgow City Council when he was elected to the post unopposed five years ago at the age of 32. He is closely associated with the Yoker area of the city where he grew up and still lives.
He was first elected to Glasgow City Council in 1995, representing the Blairdardie ward, and went on to be convener of the city’s development and regeneration servies.