Monday, March 15, 2010

Purcell Quango under investigation

The plot thickens??

City Building (Glasgow) LLP, a construction firm set up by Steven Purcell when he ran Glasgow City Council, is to have its accounts independently audited because it gave £10 million of work to a company run by Willie Haughey, the Labour party’s biggest donor in Scotland.

In 2007, City Building awarded a couple of large contracts to City Refrigeration Holdings UK, owned by Mr Haughey. He has donated at least £1.1 million to Labour since 2003, according to The Herald newspaper.

City Building replaced the council’s building services in 2006 and was established as a “tax-efficient trading unit”, allowed to bid for construction work beyond Glasgow. It turns over £180 million and employs about 2,000 people.

Its managing director, chairman and board are all linked to Labour - one executive is Lesley Quinn, who was once the general secretary of the Scottish Labour party, the newspaper said.

City Building has refused to make public the City Refrigeration contracts, despite more than a year of freedom of information requests from The Herald. It claims the awarding of the contracts was done in such a unique fashion that it is a trade secret and is exempt from freedom of information laws.

Details of the contracts are “commercially sensitive” and cannot be released, according to City Building on Sunday.



Oldrightie said...

Time to track down Snotty's involvement?

Anonymous said...

Anna Raccoon has had another go at GCC

She has some interesting and serious info.

She thinks Purcell is holed up in the Caymans with Brian Dempsey.

She also mentions Stefan King, of discotecs fame.

Curiouser and curiouser, especially about the sale of a very big building on George Square.

Anonymous said...


2 words

Redrose Dinners.

Anonymous said...


Brown is reputed to have a "cash" war chest to help his private offic, allegedly.

Now where would you get access to cash and who is the sort of person to handle cash, as a matter of course?

Anonymous said...

from The Herald

"John Mason, SNP MP for Glasgow East, said: “The scale of these contracts is such that they simply cannot be brushed under the carpet. We must have a full and independent audit without delay.”

Glasgow Tory MSP Bill Aitken added: “To have complete reassurance that all is in order, Audit Scotland needs to carry out enquiries and make its report public.”

City Building yesterday claimed it could not release details of the contracts as they were commercially sensitive. "

I think that it should not be Audit Scotland being called and not even the Strathclyde Polis but The Serious Crie and Drug Enforcement Agency SCDEA

and soon!

RantinRab said...

Agreed Bugger.

It's fa-hookin massive.

Anonymous said...

Aren't all companies meant to have independent auditors?

Anonymous said...

@anonymous 4:27p

Like the ones who sign off banks and countries with off book debt vehicles?

W V = ENRIERST (honestly)

somebody at Ernst and Young is taking the pee pee

microdave said...

Bloody hell, Rab - it wasn't long ago you were suffering from "blogging fatigue"!! This subject certainly seems to have cured you....

Anonymous said...

didn't know he liked high stakes poker

like this bit -"We form an alliance. If we like our partner we might, after a long period of time buy a stake. Twelve months later we might take it over"

wonder if he ever got his dream house;col1


"The awarding of contracts is done in such a unique way"lol, i bet it is.