Two SNP councillors have resigned after it came to light that one has been subject to criminal charges.

Michael Cullen, councillor for Garscadden/Scotstounhill, has been charged in relation to perverting the course of justice over allegations he made of sexual assault.

Our sister paper, the Glasgow Times, reported that Mr Cullen was called to a meeting with the Glasgow party leadership and he admitted there were charges against him. He is understood to deny the charges.

It is also understood he did not report the charges against him to the party.

He was accompanied at the meeting by fellow Councillor Elspeth Kerr, representing Drumchapel/Anniesland, who after Mr Cullen resigned also stated her intention to resign form the SNP group.

Ms Kerr has since made allegations on social media about “bullying corruption and a dictatorship” at the heart of the council leadership.

The SNP said no official complaints of bullying have been made.

The Glasgow Times have attempted to contact her for specific examples of her allegations of corruption.

An SNP Spokesman said: “At a meeting with the SNP whip on Thursday, Councillor Michael Cullen confirmed that he is currently facing potential legal action, and would step aside from the SNP in the meantime, in line with party protocol.

“Cllr Kerr objected to this course of action, and indicated that she would leave the SNP as a result. While we are disappointed by that decision, we would clarify that Cllr Kerr has at no stage made any allegations of bullying within the SNP group.”