PRIME MINISTER PUSHED ON GLASGOW LABOUR CRISIS

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10 Downing StreetAnswers Demanded from Downing Street

The Prime Minister Gordon Brown is under growing pressure to fully disclose his knowledge about Stephen Purcell, Glasgow Council decisions and Labour donors.

At Prime Minister’s Questions today (Wednesday) he was unable to confirm to Westminster SNP leader Angus Robertson whether a Downing Street staffer was involved in a conference call about the suitability of Stephen Purcell in July 2008.

Mr Purcell recently resigned as the Labour leader of Glasgow Council amidst reports of illegal drug use. The Council and Labour Party have faced requests from the GMB Union and others for a review of Council contracts agreed under the leadership of Mr Purcell.

Speaking about the Prime Minister’s role Westminster SNP Leader Angus Robertson MP said:

“Gordon Brown worked very closely with Stephen Purcell and it appears that Downing Street staffers were involved in discussions about the suitability of the Council Leader.

“Given the widespread concerns about the Labour leadership of Glasgow Council and connections with Labour donors, the time has come for full disclosure.

“The Prime Minister needs to back a full independent inquiry.

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