Standing down to clear my name

Councillor Michael Ross
Councillor Michael Ross

MOTHERWELL West councillor Michael Ross has stepped down from two senior posts to focus on fighting allegations of misconduct.

Councillor Ross and fellow councillor Paul Kelly were reported to the Standards Commission last month over claims they acted improperly in relation to a planning application by Holy Trinity Episcopal Church.

Both councillors held on to their seats in this month’s North Lanarkshire Council elections, but Councillor Ross did not seek re-selection as the Labour’s group’s business manager which saw him in charge of discipline.

He has also given up his convenership of Motherwell and District local area partnership.

After stepping down as North Lanarkshire Provost, Airdrie South councillor Tom Curley was appointed as the new business manager, while Motherwell North councillor Peter Nolan takes over as convener of the LAP.

Councillor Ross said: “I am stepping down to combat these ridiculous allegations that have been made against me.

“I didn’t even consider taking up a convenership at this time as I relish the opportunity to clear my name. That’s all I’m concentrating on.”

Full story in May 23 edition of Motherwell Times