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Fel­lows urges Cor­byn to force Logue to move aside

Wishaw Press - - FRONT PAGE - Ross Thom­son

Wishaw MP Mar­ion Fel­lows has writ­ten to Jeremy Cor­byn to de­mand that he in­ter­venes to make coun­cil leader Jim Logue step aside while al­le­ga­tions of cor­rup­tion are in­ves­ti­gated.

The call comes days af­ter Labour and Con­ser­va­tive coun­cil­lors i n Nor th La­nark­shire Coun­cil voted to­gether to op­pose a SNP mo­tion call­ing for Coun­cil­lor Logue to tem­po­rar­ily re­move him­self as leader (right) while en­quiries are car­ried out.

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.”

The letter sent to Mr Cor­byn came as the Labour leader vis­ited Mother­well and Shotts dur­ing a whistlestop tour of North La­nark­shire on Fri­day.

A Labour Group spokesman said: “It is sad to see that the SNP are still happy to ped­dle these smears against the coun­cil and its leader as Jim Logue has fought tire­lessly against ex­actly the type of al­le­ga­tions he has been falsely ac­cused of par­tic­i­pat­ing in over the last 30 years. “Whilst it’s un­der­stand­able that Mar­ion would look to try and score po­lit­i­cal points given her wafer-thin ma­jor­ity, per­haps if she fo­cused her ef­forts on fight­ing for her con­stituents rather than ped­dling false­hoods, she would not have to re­sort to such a pa­thetic at­tempt to cling on to her seat, which Labour are poised to take next time.”

Letter plea Mar­ion Fel­lows

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