Council refuses to share Purcell diary

Heraldscotland

Published on 20 Mar 2010

A request for Steven Purcell’s ­official work diaries to be made public has been blocked by Glasgow City Council – because the authority says the material is not its property.

The Herald and its sister paper the Evening Times had asked to view the appointment diaries of the former council leader, who quit his post 18 days ago citing stress and exhaustion.

After being refused, the newspapers are now attempting to force the authority’s hand under Freedom of Information legislation, and a ruling is expected early next week. But The Herald understands the council is also likely to refuse that request, ­having in the past taken the view that a councillor’s diary is not information formally held by the council.

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