Gay leader of Glasgow council Steven Purcell steps down

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Steven Purcell, the Labour leader of Glasgow city council, who is openly gay, has resigned after almost five years in office.

The 37-year-old is said to be suffering from stress and will be replaced by his deputy, Jim Coleman, until a successor is elected.

He tendered his resignation yesterday.

His spokesman Jack Irvine said: “Steven’s family and close friends came to his home at the weekend. They were deeply concerned about the enormous stress levels he was displaying.

“Steven agreed that the pressures surrounding the SPT [Strathclyde Partnership for Transport] debacle and the Commonwealth Games were enormous and that he was totally exhausted.

“He agreed he needed counselling and medical care.

“Steven hopes that the people of Glasgow appreciate that he’s worked so hard for the city he loves.”

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