A DRUMCHAPEL councillor has resigned from the SNP over "bullying and corruption" claims.

Councillor Elspeth Kerr announced on Twitter late Thursday night that she had left the party after three decades of membership.

She specifically accused council leader Susan Aitken of running a "dictatorship" but vowed to continue representing her Drumchapel/Anniesland ward.

Sharing a copy of her comments on Facebook on Friday morning, Cllr Kerr said: "It is with a heavy heart that I have to announce that I have resigned from the SNP. I have been a member for 30 years.

"Glasgow City Council run by Susan Aitken is nothing but a dictatorship.

"I cannot stand by a party that allows bullying and corruption of this nature.

"Glasgow SNP group has many strong women but there is a line between being strong and bullying. Being a strong woman myself I am not bullied easily but Susan has tried at every opportunity.

"Every time I tried to express my opinion I was silenced, I feel that my community was silenced with me.

"I became a councillor to be a voice for my already silenced community not to be silenced more."

Cllr Kerr said that under previous administrations, her community's needs went "unmet and unheard".

She continued: "I hoped as part of the Glasgow SNP group I would be able to change that.

"Our admission was meant to be open and transparent but this is the furthest away from that possible.

"I firmly believe in independence for Scotland. The SNP has been taken over by middle class career politicians who have their own agenda and interest at heart.

"People leaving the Labour Party said that they felt they were not leaving their party but that their party had left them and that is how I feel about the SNP In Glasgow.

"As I always have done, I will continue to work hard for the people of ward 14 as they are my top priority."

Glasgow City Council could not comment "as it seems she is indicating she has resigned from the SNP rather than the council."

The SNP have been approached for comment.

Councillor Frank McAveety, leader of the Glasgow Labour group, said: “Susan Aitken’s position is clearly untenable. The city is still going through a moment of crisis, and the challenges we will face in recovering from this will be immense. They require focused and bold leadership that can unite people around a shared vision. 

“Susan Aitken has demonstrated that she is unable to do that, amongst her own colleagues and beyond.

"I am sure that this won’t be the last resignation from the Glasgow SNP. The last thing Glasgow needs is chaos at the heart of its administration. Glasgow deserves better than this.”