25th August 2017

Motherwell and Wishaw MP, Marion Fellows, has written to Jeremy Corbyn to demand that he intervenes to make North Lanarkshire Council leader, Jim Logue, step aside while Police enquiries are made into allegations of corruption one day before he is due to speak in Motherwell.

The call comes days after Labour and Tory councillors in North Lanarkshire Council voted together to oppose a SNP motion calling for Jim Logue to temporarily remove himself as leader while enquiries are carried out.

Labour and Tory councillors also voted together against another SNP motion that called for the audit reports into the allegations to be released.

Commenting, Mrs Fellows said:

“Jeremy Corbyn has said he will bring in a new kind of politics. Now is his opportunity to prove it to the people of North Lanarkshire. He must intervene to make Jim Logue step down.

“By cosying up with the Tories, Labour have shown that their main aims are holding onto power at any cost. They have even appointed the leader of the Tory group as the chair of the Audit and Scrutiny Committee which calls into question the integrity and fairness of the council.

“Nothing has been proven yet, but in the interests of justice and transparency, Jim Logue must step aside and the reports must be released. By not doing so, the council’s name is being dragged through mud and it’s all happening under Corbyn’s watch.

“Corbyn’s silence would be equal to an endorsement. While he allows this to continue, the SNP will oppose any form of corruption and political stitch-ups in the interests of justice.”