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Councillor sacked over rape remarks

A councillor has been sacked from several council positions for inappropriate comments he is reported to have made about a nine-year-old girl who claimed she was raped.

William O'Rourke was dismissed by the Leader of Glasgow City Council, councillor Gordon Matheson.

The move followed an investigation into his conduct at a personnel appeals committee of the council.

He is reported to have asked if the girl had "wanted it to happen" during a recent disciplinary panel into the sacking of a care worker, according to a police officer who made a complaint.

Mr Matheson said: "Councillor O'Rourke's behaviour falls way short of the standard I and the public expect of Glasgow councillors.

"Councillor O'Rourke's comments to the personnel appeals committee were disgraceful. We are elected by the public to protect the vulnerable people of our city. Councillor O'Rourke not only failed in his duty to do this but he also made highly offensive and inappropriate statements about a vulnerable young person.

"Councillors are by law the 'corporate parents' of those in our care. It is the single most important responsibility we hold and I will ensure that every member of this council lives up to that responsibility."

Mr O'Rourke will be removed from Strathclyde Police Authority, the council's personnel appeals committee and the boards of council-owned companies City Parking and Glasgow City Markets.

He has also been suspended by the Labour Party pending standards commission and party investigations.

SNP leader of the opposition, Councillor James Dornan, said: "Councillor O'Rourke's comments brought shame on himself, the Labour Party and this council - his removal from all positions sends a message that this behaviour is unacceptable."

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