The Labour party in Scotland has been rocked after two of their councillors were suspended following allegations involving sexual harassment and benefit fraud.

Labour’s Glasgow councillor Gilbert Davidson has been arrested for alleged sexual harassment of a female colleague and a Labour councillor in Inverness, John Holden, has been charged with benefit fraud.

The new allegations come only days after it emerged that another Glasgow Labour councillor, Irfan Rabbani, had charged the public more than £900 for a mobile phone bill that included dozens of calls to a female community activist.

Gilbert Davidson faces claims that he sent lewd and offensive phone calls and text messages to former Lord Provost Liz Cameron.  The calls are reported to have taken place during a by-election in Drumchapel.

Mr Davidson was charged after Ms Cameron made a formal complaint to Strathclyde police, Davidson has now been suspended by the Glasgow Labour group.  It is believed that he was already under investigation after being accused of groping counterpart Ruth Black.

Gilbert Davidson becomes the latest Labour councillor to be suspended in Glasgow in recent months as the party have been hit by a series of drugs and corruption scandals.

Former Labour high flyer Stephen Purcell fled Scotland in disgrace after being visited by drugs police over his cocaine use whilst councillor Ruth Black was suspended in July after two council centres she ran up were left with debts totalling £344,000.

The SNP’s group leader Jim Dornan has demanded an independent audit into the goings on at the Labour controlled council.

Meanwhile in Inverness another Labour councillor has been charged following allegations of benefit fraud.

Councillor John Holden was investigated by police and the Department for Work and Pensions in 2008.  The councillor’s house was searched in October of that year and various items of property, including computer equipment and boxes of financial documents were seized in the operation which followed several weeks of surveillance.

It is understood the allegations against Mr Holden involve a whole range of state benefits, including disability payments, allegedly paid to the Labour Councillor dating back a number of years.  It is also believed Mr Holden's activities at a charity car boot sale based at the Highland Council headquarters car park are also under investigation.

The Crown Office has now charged the Labour councillor whose case will be heard at Inverness Sheriff Court next month.

These new revelations hit Labour only days after two of their MSPs faced strong criticism from political opponents and education groups.

Labour MSP Karen Whitefield faced calls to resign after it emerged she had acquired confidential information on local schoolchildren and had subesequently used taxpayer funded materials in order to send letters to the children.

On Monday the Labour MSP for Greenock, Duncan McNeil, was described by home education organisation Schoolhouse as a 'grave robber' after the Labour MSP tried to make political capital out of the deaths of the three Riggi children.

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