Senior Labour figures in Scotland were shocked last week to learn that the city council leader had a drug problem and had been warned by police that he was in danger of being blackmailed by suppliers.
Even politicians who considered themselves to be close friends of Purcell said that they had no idea about his problems.
Purcell resigned as a councillor on Friday, spelling the end of his high-flying political career, as speculation about the extent of his problems continued to mount. He had hoped that by quitting as leader earlier in the week he could take time out to
recover and make a comeback in several months. However, as revelations continued to emerge about his lifestyle that strategy had to be abandoned.
It emerged yesterday that officers from the Scottish Crime and Drug Enforecement Agency visited him at his office in the city chambers last May to warn that he could be open to blackmail. The agency told him that it was aware of a dealer claiming to have
evidence of drug use which could end his career.
Fellow moralist, Jim Coleman, will remain the acting leader of Scotland's biggest local authority until an annual general meeting is held in May.
Call to Review Purcell's Decisions
Glasgow City Council have refused to review any decisions made by its former leader Steven Purcell following revelations about drugs abuse.
Calls were made for decisions at the council to be looked at again. The demands by the GMB union and SNP opponents came just after the former council leader quit as a councillor and reportedly fled to Australia to recuperate.
Comment: Perhaps to time to review Glasgow Council's Moralising campaigns
Perhaps campaigns such as End Prostitution Now
From their website
End Prostitution Now is a campaign led by Glasgow City Council which aims to raise awareness of the harm caused through prostitution and put the focus on the buyers of sex - the DEMAND - who have in the past been invisible from
But Glasgow Council seem to be denying that they are running it.
There are no references to this campaign in the most recent annual Company report of the Glasgow Community and Safety Services Limited Company. And even stranger when Glasgow City Council were approached under the Freedom of Information Act (Scotland
The Council is treating your request as a request under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.
On inspecting our records, it would appear that Glasgow City Council does not hold the information which you have requested. Neither does anyone else hold it on our behalf. Accordingly we are unable to comply with your request.
I can confirm that Glasgow City Council does not run political campaigns.