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Glasgow City Council Leader Steven Purcell is a Scottish Labour Party politician and councillor for the Drumchapel and Anniesland ward in Glasgow. He has been Leader of Glasgow City Council since 24 May, 2005[1].


Personal life

Born in 1972, in Glasgow, he has lived all of his life in the Yoker area of Glasgow. He is a keen football fan and enjoys reading, music, history and debates among many interests. In 2006 he announced that he was gay[2].

Political life

He joined the Labour Party in 1986, and was first elected to Glasgow City Council in May 1995 for the ward of Blairdardie.

During his time at the council he has been the Council's Convener of Development & Regeneration Services and Convener of Education. He is at present the Leader of the Labour Party in Glasgow.

Commonwealth Games

Purcell played an instrumental part in bringing the 2014 Commonwealth Games to Glasgow[3], and was part of the Bid Team that mustered support for the games. On 9 November in Sri Lanka it was announced that Glasgow had won the games[4], following the result Purcell said;

The 2014 Commonwealth Games will create a lasting legacy for Glasgow, both economically and socially. The games will change the city, and change people's lives.[5]

As leader of Glasgow City Council Steven is still heavily involved with the organising of the games.



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