Monday, September 19, 2011
Glasgow Labour Councillor Shaukat Butt faces wife assault charge, trial set for October, is this a complete Labour clear out of Ward 5, sunny Govan?
Sometimes a story catches you which is a surprise, such is the one surrounding Labour Councillor Shaukat Butt MBE.
Butt represents Ward 5 in the city of Glasgow; it is a key strategic area for political parties in the fight for the control of the Glasgow City Council in 2012.
Govan is a prize.
The Labour Party recognises this and has de-selected already two of its Labour Councillors of shame.
Stephen Dornan and John Flanagan are history; they have the right to appeal the decision so anything could happen.
With Shaukat Butt having his present troubles, this may mean that the Labour Party will fight Govan with a totally new selection of candidates.
Shaukat Butt’s troubles are serious, really serious; he has been bailed after being charged with assaulting his wife.
And as per norm, the Labour Party said it would suspend him.
Butt isn’t just your typical cannon fodder, he is a former JP and as a sitting councillor since 1995 is a member of various city bodies.
The 69-year-old was released on bail after appearing at Glasgow Sheriff Court and has a court date for the pleading trial slotted for October.
A spokesman for Scottish Labour said:
“This man will be suspended from the Labour Party until the outcome is known and we take these allegations exceptionally seriously.”
It seems the Labour Party’s problems just got a whole lot worse, I imagine that Ward 5 will have a total clear out as Labour will seek to bring in young bright fresh faces to head up the fight.
And they will definitely be pouring in activists in that one.
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University