Media House International executive chairman Jack Irvine is handling the media following Purcell's resignation. He was called in last night to handle Purcell's announcement this morning. Purcell revealed he has resigned due to ‘exhaustion'.
Purcell had been tipped as a possible future leader of the Scottish Labour Party and was instrumental in Glasgow winning the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
He was elected, unopposed, as leader of Glasgow City Council in May 2005 at the age of 32. During his time as Glasgow City Council leader, he clashed with First Minister Alex Salmond over the Scottish government's decision to cancel the Glasgow Airport Rail Link project.