Jordan Linden, who resigned as Leader of North Lanarkshire Council last year, has now resigned from the local authority entirely as well as the SNP, reporting on our sister moniker, ‘The National’.
The local authority said this would lead to a by-election in his Bellshill constituency.
A spokesperson for North Lanarkshire Council said: “Chancellor Jordan Linden has today announced his resignation as an elected member of the chief executive of the council.
“Arrangements for the Bellshill Ward by-election will be announced in due course.”
He had previously apologized after the Sunday Mail reported that he groped a teenager at a party in 2019 when he was in his early 20s.
The newspaper later reported that further charges had been brought against him by members of the Scottish Youth Parliament. The SNP said at the time that the police had conducted an investigation and concluded that “no action was required”.
Speaking last year, Linden said: “While I have never taken a personal interaction with ill intent, I accept that my behavior at that party in 2019 caused a sense of discomfort that I completely regret.
“I offered my apologies to the person concerned at that time and the matter has been closed. I reiterate that apology today.
“And of all that has been said in recent days, the most sympathetic words from this person have given me the greatest reassurance.”
Linden’s resignation set off a chain of events that eventually led to North Lanarkshire returning to Labor control after being won by the SNP in the May local elections.
In a statement released through the SNP’s press office, Linden said: “I have tendered my resignation today as Bellshill Counselor.
“It breaks my heart to give up a job I love, but now I plan to step back from politics for the foreseeable future.
“My resignation is due to the severe impact all of this has had on my life.
In resigning, I want to be clear, I refute the latest allegations and will vigorously defend myself.
“I thank the people of Bellshill for giving me the privilege of my life by representing them on the council.
“It is my hope that in making this decision, I and those close to me now are allowed to live in peace in the days and weeks ahead.”
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