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Orange Walk ban petition not considered by city council

The petition, launched after a priest was spat at during a march, has reached 75,000 signatures.

Orange Walks: Parades will not face ban under present conditions.
Orange Walks: Parades will not face ban under present conditions. PA

An online petition to ban Orange Walks in Glasgow will not be considered by the council - despite gaining more than 75,000 signatures.

The petition was launched after a priest was spat on and verbally abused outside St Alphonsus church around 5.15pm on Saturday as the annual Orange Order march passed by. 

Canon Tom White was standing outside the place of worship talking to parishioners when he was attacked.

Police are treating the incident as a hate crime and have appealed for any witnesses to come forward.

Officers are looking for a man in his 20s with a shaven head following the "despicable and shameful attack".

The force said there was nothing to indicate any involvement from parade members, but said it was "one line of inquiry".

The Grand Orange Lodge of Scotland said the attack was not connected with the walk.

A campaign to have all future Orange Walks in Glasgow scrapped was launched in the days that followed, claiming the annual event "spreads bigotry and division".

However the 75,000-strong online petition did not meet the council's requirements as it may have been signed by people who live outside Glasgow.

Petitions must meet certain requirements to be considered by Glasgow City Council including:

  • They should refer to services provided by the council or issues that affect the community that the council is involved in
  • The petitioner has to live in Glasgow City Council
  • Signatures can be gathered on paper or online, however online versions must not include repeat names
  •  They should have a minimum of 25 signatures from people living in Glasgow
  • They should have the support of the relevant community council
  • Online signatories have to live within Glasgow City Council

A spokesperson for the council said: "We have a petitions process which allows Glasgow citizens to raise issues of local concern directly with the council.

"Any petition must meet the eligibility criteria agreed by the council before it can be considered.

"The eligibility criteria includes ensuring that it is only Glasgow residents or businesses who are signatories to a petition and that the petitioner has already taken steps to raise the issue of concern with elected members or the relevant council department in the first instance.

"The council's job in relation to public processions is to manage the process within the legislation set by the Scottish Parliament and to work with the police and organisers to try and mitigate against potential risks or disturbances."

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