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Holyrood Hopeful Political Complaint


07/04/16



























Fulton MacGregor SNP Candidate for Coatbridge & Chryston


A Coatbridge election candidate says a professional complaint made against him has been dismissed by his employer. And he called it “malicious and politically motivated”.

Fulton MacGregor was the subject of a complaint to the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC), alleging he had improperly accessed confidential data files about a relative of a party colleague in his job as a social worker with South Lanarkshire Council.


The allegation came to light in a newspaper report at the weekend.


But the SNP candidate for Coatbridge & Chryston, who launched his campaign office last Saturday, said he’d been informed that local authority officials had carried out a check of the relevant data systems “and found no wrongdoing”.

Mr MacGregor, who is a councillor for Coatbridge North & Glenboig, said: “I have worked in social work for almost 12 years and take my role as a professional very seriously.

“South Lanarkshire Council have notified the SSSC that they have investigated the anonymous complaint and found no wrongdoing.

“This would have been quite an easy thing for them to check and cross-reference.

“We are in the middle of an election campaign and it is clear these allegations were malicious and politically motivated. When things like this happen it can be difficult for a person and their family.

“However, I have a good team of activists behind me and we are concentrating on staying positive, upbeat and inclusive and winning this seat for the SNP.”


A spokesperson for South Lanarkshire Council said: “We can confirm we have concluded our enquiries and passed our recommendations to the SSSC. There is no further action required by the council.”


An SSSC spokesperson said: “We cannot comment on individual cases and do not comment on complaints we have received or cases under investigation.”


Mr MacGregor is contesting the seat currently held by Labour’s Elaine Smith at next month’s Holyrood poll.

He was previously recorded saying he felt physically sick because of feuding in his constituency branch, which was suspended by SNP HQ.

The party’s national secretary Patrick Grady took the action in February, saying “a culture of mistrust” had created a “toxic” environment in which “the level of discord is intolerable”.