WIKI Steven Purcell is a former Scottish Labour Party politician and was councillor for the Drumchapel and Anniesland ward in Glasgow and a former leader of Glasgow City Council. He was Leader of the Council from 24 May 2005 until 2 March 2010 when he announced he would be standing down from this position due to stress. He resigned his post as councillor on 5 March 2010.
“Council leader announces he’s gay” BBC News 9 December 2006
THE MYSTERY OF STEVEN PURCELL SATURDAY, MARCH 06, 2010
Steven Purcell spent a recent holiday in Florida helping out the Democrats and Barack Obama. (Who is Steven Purcell? – Scotland on Sunday)
In 2006, Steven Purcell, leader of Glasgow City Council, in Scotland in the UK, announced that he was gay and that he was separating from his wife. (Council leader …) Steven Purcell belongs to the Labour Party and is a fan of Gordon Brown.
On 12 May 2009, officers of the Scottish Crime and Drug Enforcement Agency spoke to Steven Purcell in his office in Glasgow City Chambers. (Steven Purcell forced to quit politics )
On 2 March 2010, Steven Purcell resigned as leader of Glasgow City Council. He entered a drug and alcohol rehab clinic. He was said to be suffering from a chemical dependency On 5 March 2010, Purcell fled from Scotland, reportedly heading for the southern hemisphere.
This was just hours after his teenage friend, Danus McKinlay, was found dying outside the City Chambers building. Danus was close to Purcell.
Steven Purcell had been trying to sort out the Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT), a government organisation, some of whose officials had run up a £117,573 expenses bill in three years, including £49,195 spent on overseas trips. (All aboard the SPT gravy train – Times Online)
Whoever says Scottish politics is dull might want to take a look at last week’s unravelling saga around Labour controlled Glasgow City Council. Who would have thought when Gordon sat next to him on the Thursday before last that within a week one of Scotland’s up and coming politicians would have attempted suicide, that a police investigation would link the same man, Glasgow’s most senior politician, to major organised drug criminals and an 18-year-old Labour activist would be end up dead outside the city’s Council Chambers. As ever Gordon is pulling a Macavity on this one.
Steven Purcell was talked about as the saviour of the Scottish Labour Party, its brightest young star, he was tipped as a future First Minister. However if Purcell ever wanted a return to front-line politics, he certainly handled his spectacular fall from grace, spectacularly badly. No crisis manager could stop the drip, drip, drip of information concerning his party-boy lifestyle, snorting and drinking until the wee hours yet serving the city of Glasgow to a surprisingly competent degree. Yet he was in with the wrong crowd and in May last year some of Scotland’s top coppers visited Purcell in his council offices as his name had repeatedly cropped up in investigations. There was reason to believe that someone was attempting to blackmail Purcell with mobile phone footage of him.
Fast forward to last week and as Gordon was leaving Glasgow, Purcell was going into meltdown. Vodafone blocked his number after he abused call centre staff and he was found in tears talking nonsense at his desk. He ended up in the Castle Craig rehab centre. Although Purcell was earning fifty grand as council leader, you must wonder how much of this went up his nose and therefore who was paying for the rehab stay and for retaining of lawyers and crisis managers? Either way Purcell went missing from the rehab centre on Sunday night. Some have suggested he attempted to kill himself in open water as he was found soaked.
By now the story had started to emerge in the press and by Monday the internet was rife with rumours about Purcell stepping down because of cocaine rather than the “stress” cited in the official statement. We now know that Council staff wanted to blow the whistle but were stopped by Purcell’s mysteriously funded lawyers. As the week progressed the story unravelled more, Purcell’s vain attempts at crisis management were no match for overwhelming evidence. The final straw was the collapse and subsequent death of a admirer of Mr Purcell’s, a young Labour Party activist named Danus McKinlay who “worshipped” Purcell and “would do anything for him” . Guido understands that McKinlay was diabetic and there has been reason to believe that he had stopped taking his medication resulting in his subsequent collapse. Witnesses said they thought he was drunk – an easy mistake to make of someone who desperately needs insulin.
That was the final straw, within two hours Purcell had resigned as a councillor and has fled Scotland to an unknown sunny destination. Through all of this Gordon has remained silent. The ally he was once so keen to be photographed with, campaign for, tip for future greatness and fund-raise for, was left to the scrap-heap. What did Gordon know and when? source
Steven Purcell at Castle Craig
WIKI… On 2 March 2010, it was announced Mr. Purcell was resigning as Leader of Glasgow City Council due to stress. It was revealed on 3 March 2010 that Purcell had been admitted to Castle Craig Hospital, a “drug and alcohol addictions hospital” in the Scottish Borders
On Saturday 27 February 2010. It was later announced that he went missing from the hospital on Sunday 28 February, with Lothian and Borders Police being called to find him, before returning on his own later that day.He left the hospital on 2 March 2010.
In the first case the Scotsman picked up on Castle Craig’s introduction of dance therapy in the form of Scottish reeling. Elsewhere a former Castle Craig employee Stephen Curran was running for the Scottish Parliament against the Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon:
The Herald wrote, “Stephen Curran made his pitch for a seat in Parliament. Soft-spoken, personable and bespectacled, he claims Lithuanian and Irish genes as well as those he inherited from his Argyllshire great-grandmother. Thirty-eight-years-old and married with two children, he studied law as a post-graduate in Dundee after which he worked in IT. Later he was employed at Castle Craig hospital, which specialises in treating addiction and where Steven Purcell, the former leader of Glasgow City Council, sought help last year.
Cocaine, Lawyers & Politicians : Ex-Glasgow City Chief Steven Purcell flees UK after law firm Levy McRae’s legal spin shatters his political career
Former Glasgow City Council Chief Steven Purcell. After our report last week on the scandal surrounding the resignation of Steven Purcell, the former head of Glasgow City Council, newspapers have today revealed Mr Purcell has fled the UK after a bizarre week of developments which began with his resignation, and today ended up with revelations of Class A drug use (cocaine), a possible attempted suicide during a brief stay at Castle Craig Hospital in the Borders and reported encounters with the Scottish Crime & Drugs Enforcement Agency last year during his leadership of Glasgow City Council.
Despite his manifest problems, Steven Purcell might still have had an outside chance of returning to politics had it not been for the disastrous way his departure was handled. Instead of heeding his council advisers and fellow councillors and opting for full disclosure, he turned to crisis PR guru Jack Irvine of Media House and litigation lawyer Peter Watson of Levy & McRae
But his choice of two of the biggest hitters in Scotland’s media scene immediately alerted the press to the fact that there was more to the story than met the eye.
Then the unexpected happened.
Mr Purcell told his council team to share the agreed statement with Peter Watson, a litigation expert at the Glasgow law firm Levy & McRae. When Mr Watson saw it, he refused to agree to it, and offered a bowdlerised version referring merely to a leave of absence on medical advice. Mr Coleman, who recognised the need for candour, refused to put his name to it.
Later on the Monday night, Mr Purcell called a senior aide and asked to meet him in Glasgow with Mr Watson and crisis PR guru Jack Irvine, a former tabloid newspaper editor and the founder of the public-relations company Media House. Opposed to how Mr Watson and Mr Irvine were carving him out of the picture, the aide refused, even threatening a constructive dismissal action.
The meeting never took place and Mr Purcell remained in Castle Craig, but it was already too late to keep the story under wraps. Late in the afternoon, all Labour councillors had been told to report for a special meeting at 10am on Tuesday to hear about Mr Purcell’s future, and by early evening the story was beginning to seep out.
By late on Monday night, The Herald had the story that Mr Purcell would step down the next day. The following morning set the bizarre tone for the rest of the week’s coverage.
At their meeting, the Labour group were told by Mr Edgar that Mr Purcell had resigned and press queries were to be passed to Mr Irvine at Media House. There was no discussion of the exact nature of Mr Purcell’s problems, just that “stress and exhaustion” were involved.
Mr Purcell’s decision to use crisis specialists like Mr Irvine and Mr Watson was a forlorn move. It immediately red-flagged the story, telling every journalist in Scotland that something was not right. One friend put the decision down to drug-induced paranoia. Still, for a few hours at least, the plan seemed to be working. Mr Watson’s reputation and Mr Irvine’s media reach kept the facts under wraps. “Earlier this morning Steven made the effort to telephone his resignation as leader of Glasgow City Council,” their statement said.
“Steven does this with a heavy heart but the strain of running one of the UK’s largest authorities combined with the added pressures of the Commonwealth Games planning and the controversy over Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) has just proved too much for a man who lived and breathed Glasgow 24 hours a day.” But most of the reporting was sceptical, peppered with talk of riddles and mysteries, and highlighted that the presence of Mr Irvine and Mr Watson hinted that there was something darker afoot.
By Wednesday morning, the Media House strategy began unravelling, as one paper revealed Mr Purcell had gone to Castle Craig. By mid-morning Mr Irvine was forced to put out a statement confirming Mr Purcell had been at the clinic, but that he had now left. “Councillor Purcell is recuperating with family and he asks the media to allow him time and space to recover to full health,” the statement pleaded in vain. Each day brought a new twist. Mr Purcell’s disappearance from Castle Craig leaked out – although not the possible suicide attempt – and then one of its consultants said the councillor had not been treated for a drug problem. The internet, including the Guido Fawkes website beloved of the political classes, was also buzzing with jokes about Mr Purcell and cocaine.
On Friday, the first, hazy reporting of the SCDEA angle emerged. Then, in a grim twist, one of Mr Purcell’s political acolytes collapsed at the City Chambers and died from a heart attack. Danus McKinlay, who was being groomed as a Labour council candidate, was only 18.
Two hours later, Mr Purcell announced he was resigning from the council completely. After four days of trying in vain to use fiction to save his political career, he was overwhelmed by facts and gave in to reality. IN FULL AT Scottish Law BlogSpot
Steven Purcell leaves rehab clinic – Telegraph 3 Mar 2010 – He confirmed Mr Purcell, who resigned as leader of Glasgow City Council on Tuesday, had been receiving treatment at Castle Craig Hospital
THE UK LABOUR PARTY’S STEVEN PURCELL AND COCAINE GANGSTERS
The UK Labour Party’s Steven Purcell might have become Scotland’s First Minister.
In 2009, Purcell was interviewed by officers from an elite crime squad, in a private meeting in his office at the Glasgow City Chambers. (Police warned Steven Purcell about gangster link – Scotland on Sunday )
Purcell, the former leader of Glasgow City Council, was warned about being linked to Glasgow gansters who were being investigated by police.
Police chiefs told Steven Purcell that he was the target of an underworld cocaine blackmail plot.
Purcell confessed to friends that he had taken cocaine. (Steven Purcell confessed to having cocaine problem after meeting with police)
Purcell, who has now fled Scotland, was warned by the police that they had information about his social links with members of a powerful cocaine baron’s network.
Purcell had been identified during surveillance of a Glasgow gangster.
Purcell was said to be too close to a certain drug dealer. (Steven Purcell pals voiced blackmail fears )
According to the Daily Record, John Friel is one of many people linked to crime in Glasgow. (More of Scotland’s millionaire crime lords – The Daily Record)
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Man guilty of assault at ex-council chief Steven Purcell’s flat 28 May 2013
A man has been convicted of punching another man during an assault at former Glasgow City Council leader Steven Purcell’s flat.
Ross Henderson, 37, attacked James McLeod at the property in Merchant City in Glasgow in January 2012. Glasgow Sheriff Court heard Henderson told police he did it because he had woken up and found his trousers removed and another man touching him.
Sheriff Stuart Reid found him guilty of assault to injury and fined him £200. The court heard the incident happened on 29 January last year. When police officers arrived at the flat a cricket bat was lying on a sofa and Mr Purcell was described as being “unco-operative”.
Henderson admitted punching someone but told them he did not use the bat. He claimed he acted in self defence. The court was told he went to sleep and left Mr McLeod, Mr Purcell and his neighbour Neil Henry talking and drinking. Henderson was asked by his lawyer Jim Clarke: “What caused you to waken up?”
He replied: “The removal of my trousers.” Henderson said that Mr Henry was touching him and that he could hear Mr McLeod laughing.
Asked how he reacted to that, Henderson said he jumped up and punched Mr McLeod two or three times and went behind the couch to get his trousers.
Mr Clarke said to his client: “It might be put to you that you weren’t trying to defend yourself you were just being violent.” Henderson told him: “No, it wasn’t violence.”
He was asked if he knew if the company he was in were gay and said he “had an inkling” and added it “didn’t bother him in the slightest”.
Blood and glass
Sgt Ryan Todd told the court that when he and his colleagues appeared at the scene after the assault, Henderson and Mr Purcell were agitated and unco-operative and questioning why they were there. He told the court Henderson then commented that Mr Purcell was sleeping and had nothing to do with the assault.
Insp Mark Nicol told the court Mr Purcell was “very drunk” and said: “At that time Mr Purcell wasn’t keen for the police to be in his flat.” He said Mr Purcell had blood on his shirt and there was broken glass and blood in the hallway and living room.
Both men were detained by police but only Henderson was charged and appeared on trial.
In evidence, Mr McLeod claimed he had been woken up by Henderson punching him and Mr Henry claimed he went into the room when he heard something and saw Mr Purcell restraining Henderson. The sheriff said it appeared to him that Mr McLeod and Mr Henry were “not being entirely candid as to what went on that evening”.
He also said he accepted the evidence of Henderson as a general context. The sheriff cleared him of a charge of behaving in a threatening or abusive manner by shouting and swearing and making threats.
He told Henderson it was “perhaps regarded as reasonable in the circumstances”. source