The County You Live, Work And Play
A Labour councillor at the centre of a police probe into child pornography has been suspended from the party.
David Fagan is due to appear in court on Thursday charged with possessing indecent images of children.
The 52-year-old was arrested at his Airdrie home last month but the offences are alleged to have taken place in June.
Fagan has been a member for North Lanarkshire Council since 2003 and represents the Airdrie South ward for Scottish Labour.
But a party spokesman said: “We can confirm that he has been suspended from Scottish Labour.”
The councillor was also suspended from the party’s group at North Lanarkshire Council.
Asked about the case, a Police Scotland spokeswoman said: “A 52-year-old man was arrested on Wednesday, September 7. He was released on an undertaking to appear at Airdrie Sheriff Court on Thursday, October 6.”
And a Crown Office spokeswoman added: “The Procurator Fiscal has received a report concerning a 52-year-old male in connection with alleged incidents said to have occurred between June 25 and 30, 2016. The report remains under consideration.”
A spokeswoman for North Lanarkshire Council added: “This is a matter for the courts”.
Dad-of-two Fagan was unavailable at his home but a woman who answered the door said: “David doesn’t want to speak to anybody.”
It’s understood Fagan was considered a key player in the local party and was once considered for the role as Labour group leader.
He is currently a member of the council’s education and social work committees.
In March, he was also made vice-convener of a new committee to monitor arms-length external organisations and external bodies.
His profile on the council’s website also lists him as an “advisor to the Director of the School of Work Based Education, Glasgow Caledonian University”.
Fagan was the Vice Chair of Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT), the public body responsible for planning and coordinating regional transport.
He came under fire in the role in 2010 when it emerged he was one of three councillors who attended a junket to New York trip.
However, he left the post three years later to take over as convener of North Lanarkshire Council’s Regeneration and Infrastructure Committee.