Schools convener sidesteps quit call

The parents' campaign against the proposal was widely praised by councillors from both Labour and the SNP.
The parents' campaign against the proposal was widely praised by councillors from both Labour and the SNP.

Councillor Jim Logue last week sidestepped commenting on his future as North Lanarkshire Council’s convener of learning and leisure.

A special meeting of the committee met on Wednesday to offically dismiss the proposal to merge Our Lady’s and Taylor Highs and move them to a new campus at Ravenscraig which would also house Bothwellpark High.

In last week’s Times & Speaker Central Scotland list MSP Richard Lyle called for Councillor Logue’s resignation as convener and at the meeting Bellshill councillor Marina Lyle asked him directly to consider his future.

She said: “I would like to thank the Labour group for this u-turn.

“Parents have fought so hard for this and on their behalf, given all the uncertainty and misery that has been caused, I ask if the convener will consider his position.”

However, Councillor Logue shrugged off the question.

He said: “I may address that at the end of the meeting if you think it is important.”

However, the meeting ended without the matter being mentioned again.

There was lots of praise from across the chamber for the campaign fought by parents from all three schools which saw more than 4,500 responses to the consultation exercise.

SNP group leader David Stock said: “I am absolutely delighted for the parents. They fought as good a campaign as I’ve seen and I have no doubt it is what made the Labour group back down.”

Mossend and Holytown councillor Frank McNally added: “The campaign fought by parents was exemplary. They made their case in excellent fashion right from the start.

“There was no opposition to going to consultation, but when the Labour members then listen to the people we get criticised. We can’t win!”