Scotland politics

Scottish election: Glasgow council scraps publication

Image caption Glasgow city council decided to withdraw copies of the publication featuring Mr Matheson's comments

Scotland's largest local authority has withdrawn one of its publications, after being accused of using taxpayers' cash for political ends.

The magazine featured an attack from Gordon Matheson, the leader of Labour-led Glasgow City Council, on the SNP.

Councils are banned from publishing material designed to affect support for a political party.

Ahead of the Holyrood election on 5 May, Glasgow said it understood why the SNP was uncomfortable.

The Glasgow magazine, delivered to 300,000 homes around the city, included an article by Mr Matheson in which he accused Scottish Finance Secretary John Swinney of making "threats" and "broken promises" over local authority funding cuts.

SNP deputy leader Nicola Sturgeon said Labour had been "caught red-handed".

Glasgow City Council agreed on Wednesday to suspend distribution and withdraw all copies of the magazine from public buildings.

A spokesman for the local authority, said: "Without accepting we have done anything wrong, we understand the SNP is uncomfortable with this.

"We have, therefore, asked the Royal Mail to suspend delivery and agreed not to put the magazine online."