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Former chief rules out comeback

By buseman, Jun 20, 2010 | |
  1. buseman
    Former Glasgow City Council leader Steven Purcell has said there is no chance of a return to frontline politics after he admitted taking cocaine.

    But the man who was once tipped as a future First Minister said he wanted to continue to work for the Labour party in a voluntary role.

    The 37-year-old shocked colleagues when he unexpectedly stepped down from his post in March this year.

    He also resigned as councillor for the city's Blairdardie ward, citing stress and exhaustion.

    It later emerged he was being treated in a private clinic specialising in drug and alcohol dependency.

    He told the Scottish Sun earlier this year he had taken cocaine a "handful" of times since he was first offered it at a party. He blamed "stupidity" for his decision to dabble with the drug.

    He also said he had problems with alcohol before he decided to step down.

    Police launched a criminal investigation into the admission in April, and questioned the former politician after he voluntarily attended a police station in Glasgow.

    He told the Sunday Mail newspaper: I know there is no chance of a return to electoral politics. I have no wish to return to frontline politics.

    I am considering working for an MP during the summer, just to tide myself over. It would be purely back office stuff - mailing, filing, photocopying.

    I take every day as it comes and I am looking forward to a brighter future.

    20 June 2010


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