UPDATE 4 March It has since been announced that Purcell has been treated at a rehab clinic in the Scottish borders. Purcell is a widely recognised talent and, at 37, relatively young. Whatever the circumstances of his resignation, Scrapbook for one is sure that he will be back.
UPDATE 8 March …or perhaps not! If Scrapbook (in England) had heard about the cocaine stuff on Monday night then it was clear that they weren’t going to keep a lid on it for long. Semi-stonewalling the media was never going to work and has probably scuppered the prospect of a return. This report from The Herald makes for powerful reading. Good luck to Steven in whatever he turns his efforts to when he resurfaces.
It has emerged tonight that Steven Purcell, the leader of Glasgow City Council, has resigned. Purcell was elected unopposed to lead one of Labour’s largest local authorities aged just 32 in 2005. The city employs over 36,000 staff and spends more than £2.4bn per year.
This is a moderately big deal north of the border, where Purcell is an increasingly big-hitter in the Labour movement. He is believed to have been approached by Gordon Brown to stand as a candidate in the 2008 Glasgow East by-election before the contest was eventually fought by MSP Margaret Curran.
Scrapbook understands that Purcell is not preparing to contest a Westminster seat, while Scots freelance hack @journodave has tweeted that “Mr Purcell is to resign for personal reasons”. The mainstream media are currently sitting on an embargo.
Head to Twitter to see how this unfolds.