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Steven Purcell will not be taken to court

So Steven Purcell and his pal Ruth Black escape a spell in the dock. STV News

Purcell was supposed to have been worried that Glasgow gansters had footage of him snorting cocaine. I’m not sure why he thought it was a good idea  to be hanging around with gangsters in the first place. Maybe that’s normal practice for Glasgow city councillors?

There was also concern over the £50,000  of council money he tried to funnel into Ruth Black’s new LGBT centre. The worry being that the last one she helped run went bust owing thousands.

She also forgot to pay the tax and national insurance of the employees. Oh they managed to deducted the money from people wages, yeah that bit was fine, it was the passing it on to the tax office that seemed to be the tricky part. Labour ended up suspending Black.

And then there was the allegations that Black was supplying Purcell with drugs. (half way through)



If you don’t laugh you cry.



Councillor linked to Purcell scandal is suspended after financial inquiry

From the the Herald

A councillor embroiled in allegations of drugs and cronyism linked to former leader Steven Purcell has been suspended by the Labour Party and funding to her gay and lesbian centre axed after serious financial irregularities were uncovered.

Ruth Black - Glasgow City Council

The suspension of Ruth Black follows a meeting with the new leader of Glasgow City Council, Gordon Matheson, who removed the Labour whip from her after the authority’s internal auditors uncovered a raft of financial irregularities at the Castro Centre she runs with her long-term partner, Jeanie McDougall.

A second meeting yesterday between former Solidarity Party member Black and the council’s head of finance saw Castro’s £50,000 grant from the authority cancelled with immediate effect, in a move that is expected to see the Glasgow centre close.

Irregularities include non-payment of tax and National Insurance for staff, despite deductions made from wages, the employment of a relative, McDougall’s son, which runs contrary to council grant rules, and operating with no public and employee liability insurance. The centre’s building insurance has been withdrawn due to non-payment. Further checks were conducted into concerns about massive phone bills, irregularities over payments to and from gaming machines, and the use of the grant to pay for a car.

Castro has debts of £44,000 and although Black has said the centre will continue trading without the grant, senior sources within the council insist that would mean Castro trading insolvently as less than £20,000 of the grant has been paid.

HMRC is also investigating non-payment for seven months, while board member Robert Tamburrini, a senior figure in the social housing sector, has quit after the scale of the irregularities became clear.

Steven Purcell makes a comeback


WHAHEY!!! I got caught taking cocaine, and now I'm under police invistagation on several counts of corruption. Isn't life just grrreat?

From the Daily Record

Shamed former Glasgow council chief Steven Purcell to take up new charity post

Jul 5 2010 Keith Mcleod

DISGRACED former Glasgow City Council leader Steven Purcell is to take up a role with a leading Scottish charity.

Purcell resigned from his high-profile role in March amid drug and potential blackmail issues.

But he will begin work for the Stewart and McKenna Foundation before the police probe into his activities is completed.

The Daily Record exclusively revealed Purcell’s links to a Glasgow drop-in centre, The Castro gay and lesbian centre, on Saturday.

It is frequented by convicted gun runner Paul Ferris and has other links to the Glasgow underworld.

In the wake of his resigna-tion Purcell, 37, admitted to having “dabbled” with cocaine and underwent treatment at a rehab clinic.

He had been touted as a political “star” and a possible future Labour leader in Scotland.

Police began a probe in April but as yet no charges have been brought.

Purcell has expressed an interest in doing voluntary work for charitable causes.

The foundation was begun in 2004 by property developers Stephen McKenna and Allan Stewart.

It funds charitable and social schemes in Burundi, Malawi, Kenya and even Moldova.

Police probe former council leader Steven Purcell over £50k grant

From the Daily Record

DRUG shame council boss Steven Purcell is being probed over alleged corruption.

It has been claimed the former Glasgow Council leader used undue influence to help friend and fellow councillor Ruth Black win a £50,000 contract.

An elite team of detectives are now investigating the claims, which it is understood follow a confidential tip-off this week to opposition SNP councillors.

The development is the first confirmed police involvement in the Purcell affair since his dramatic fall from grace last month.

The 37-year-old political high-flier suffered a breakdown and details of his cocaine use emerged.

The Record understand a confidential source supplied the SNP with potentially incriminating information over the award of the running of the city’s publicly funded lesbian and gay drop-in centre.

The Nats tipped off police, who put their Major Crimes and Terrorism Investigation Unit on the case.

Officers are said to be examining claims about links between Purcell and Black, who friends say regularly socialised together.

Glasgow City Council chief executive George Black and the council’s legal chief Ian Drummond have been made aware of the claims and ordered their own probe.

Ruth Black, 45, who defected to Labour from Tommy Sheridan’s Solidarity Party in 2007, is boss of a firm called The Castro Glasgow Ltd, who were competing to run the new lesbian and gay drop-in centre.

A new centre was needed because the old one, formerly headed by Ruth Black, crashed with debts of £300,000 in April 2009, six months after she quit as centre manager.

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