Two Scottish Labour councillors charged by the police

Andrew Reeves has got details of John Holden, charged over alleged benefit fraud, and Gilbert Davidson, accused of inappropriate behaviour towards a female colleague.

UPDATE: Charges against Gilbert Davidson were subsequently dropped.

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  • Andrew Suffield 13th Aug '10 - 10:07am

    inappropriate behaviour towards a female colleague

    Wait… is that an actual crime?

  • Its funny how this website avoids damaging stories on Lib Dem MPs, such as the MP for Wells Tessa Munt who, after only 3 months, is already under intense scrutiny for avoiding paying her council tax and the subject of national and local media coverage.

  • Terry Keeley 13th Aug '10 - 12:07pm


    It depends whether you view the purpose of this site as reporting relevant news – or repeating smears about opponents.

    I am sure there is an article about Tessa Munt impending to avoid accusations of the latter,

  • @markp &@Terry Keeley – you point me to the Labour equivalent of this site which is reporting these two stories then?

  • Andrew Suffield 13th Aug '10 - 12:31pm

    It is a crime if it’s harrassment.

    Only if the accused:

    uses threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour, or disorderly behaviour

    Otherwise it’s just a civil offence. That doesn’t seem to fit, from anything I’ve found – inappropriate and probably illegal certainly, but it looks like a straightforward civil case. I’m not sure why the police are involved.

  • toryboysnevergrowup 13th Aug '10 - 1:23pm

    KL – so that makes it ok does it?? The fact that Political parties (or other bodies for that matter) contain flawed human beings is hardly news I’m afraid unless you believe in the doctrine of LibDem infallibility.

  • MarkP/Terry Keely – There was an article about allegations regarding Tessa Munts council tax, and her repudiation of the allegations, on 19 July 2010. Keep up will you.

  • Andrew Suffield 13th Aug '10 - 3:07pm

    consider my choice of words a polite euphemism, especially as I’m sure you too appreciate just how appalling harassment can be in many cases

    Yeah, but nobody seems to be reporting what happened that has got the police involved here. I get the feeling there’s something we aren’t being told, and I’m wondering why.

  • Terry Keeley 13th Aug '10 - 4:02pm

    “Keep up will you.”
    Well you could have posted the same link without the condescending attitude. But hey … whatever helps you feel good about yourself.

    “@markp &@Terry Keeley – you point me to the Labour equivalent of this site which is reporting these two stories then?”

    Ooh no thank you. I suspect they would have pictures of Gordon Brown on every page with “our glorious ex-leader” plastered all over the site.

    @mark pack
    I’m actually suggesting that these sort of stories are little more than gossip. “Charged” and “accused” mean very little. Wait until something is proven.

    Is “polite euphemism” now a euphemism for vague smears ?

  • Andrew Suffield 14th Aug '10 - 4:56pm

    People have questioned whether the police are overreacting.

    Police tend to underreact to harassment claims, as they tend to regard them as matters which should be pursued in the civil courts, not the criminal ones. (There’s a lot of justification for that attitude; it’s not really a good use of their time to tackle non-violent harassment when lawyers and bailiffs can do the job)

    Personally, I’m questioning the reporting. I think we’re not getting the whole story here.

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