Durham clubland boss faces sack over credit card row

ACLUBLAND boss faces the sack over the alleged misuse of a credit card.

Mick McGlasham, CIU National General Secretary

A CLUBLAND boss faces the sack over the alleged misuse of a credit card.

But Mick McGlasham, the national general secretary of the Club and Institute Union, has warned his bosses he will appeal against his dismissal.

There is no suggestion that Mr McGlasham, a former Durham miner, personally misused the credit card.

But the scandal has rocked the organisation which was founded in 1862 by the Rev Henry Solly and which now represents 2,100 social clubs and two million members.

A CIU spokesman would only say yesterday: “The CIU feel they are not in a position to add to their original statement. Until this matter has been resolved it remains an internal matter and therefore confidential.”

The original statement said: “The general secretary has been suspended pending an internal investigation into matters which are currently the subject of ongoing inquiries, which must remain confidential.”

Ironically, not long after Mr McGlasham took up the salaried position and moved from his home in Horden, near Peterlee, to London he pledged to change the secretive nature of the organisation.

He told the Club Journal: “I wouldn’t say we’re dinosaurs and we’ve opened up considerably since I’ve been here. Things have changed and while we might have been secretive in the past, we’re not now. In my nine months in charge, there has been radical change.

“We’re getting stuff out to the clubs, we’ve got information flowing out now. There are certain aspects that do need to change but they take time and won’t happen overnight, but we will get there in the end.”

Mr McGlasham, 62, joined the committee of Horden Labour Club more than 40 years ago. He was Durham branch secretary for seven years before taking up the London post more than two years ago.

He was suspended from his post last month.

Maxine Murphy, assistant general secretary at the Club and Institute Union (CIU) headquarters in London, was also suspended, although like Mr McGlasham, there is no suggestion she misused the credit card.

The Journal understands that it was allegedly used by a third party to go on a weekend to Oxford.

Mr McGlasham was unavailable for comment yesterday but previously said: “I have no comment to make at this present time. But I can assure you that I will have something to say at a later date.

“I will have plenty to say in future when all this is over.”

 

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