Shock and sadness as former council leader dies following night out

TRIBUTES have been paid following the death of former East Dunbartonshire Council leader John Morrison.

The 50-year-old, from Milngavie, was found in Glasgow’s Argyle Street, near the St Enoch’s Centre, after making his way home following a Christmas night out.

He was rushed to the Royal Infirmary, but died a short time later.

Mr Morrison, a legal manager at Glasgow City Council, was leader of East Dunbartonshire Council from 2003 to 2007.

East Dunbartonshire MP Jo Swinson said: “This is shocking news and my heart goes out to John’s partner, family and friends.

“John was a skillful debater and effective leader of East Dunbartonshire Council.

“He dedicated decades of his life to public service, both in elected politics and at Glasgow City Council. This is a tragic loss.”

The deputy leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats, Alistair Carmichael, added: “John Morrison’s sudden and tragic death has shocked all those who knew him.

“For me he was not just a political colleague but a close friend whom I had first met when we were both students at Glasgow University.

“My sadness today is lifted only by many happy memories I shall always have of the fun times we shared.

“I am sure that this will be true of John’s many friends today.

“My thoughts are with his partner David, his daughter Kirsty and the rest of his family.”

A 25-year-old man has been arrested and was due to appear in Glasgow Sheriff Court on Monday.