Convicted wife abuser to stand for Scottish Liberal Democrats in council election


A former RAF officer convicted of abusing his wife after accusing her of cheating plans to stand for the Scottish Liberal Democrats in the May election.

Former Wing Commander Allan Steele is aiming to become a councilor in East Renfrewshire when voters go to the polls this spring.

The father, from Giffnock, near Glasgow, is already chairman of his local Lib Dems branch.

But domestic abuse activists have questioned whether he is a suitable candidate for elected office.

The Record revealed how Steele launched a crowdfunding last year in a bid to help him overturn his conviction for yelling at and insulting his former partner Linzi, claiming he was the victim of a miscarriage of justice.

He originally came to court in 2016 accused of grappling with his wife in an attempt to seize a laptop that he believed contained damning evidence of an affair.

Steele’s ex told Kilmarnock Sheriff’s Court that her husband, a military legal adviser who was decorated by Barack Obama after serving in the Pentagon, called her a “whore” and accused her of leaving a sexual aid in plain sight. of three children.

The officer, who had served with NATO’s Joint Forces Command in Brunnsum, the Netherlands, claimed he had discovered text messages and emails between Linzi and an old school friend he met at a reunion.

He admitted taking Linzi’s laptop after seeing a message saying “He knows everything” but denied assaulting or abusing her at a house in Waterside, Ayrshire.

He said he tripped when his wife fell onto a bed and she bit him before he ran away with the laptop.

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He was found guilty of threatening or abusive behavior at a house in Waterside, Ayrshire, but an assault charge was found unproven.

Steele appealed his conviction in 2017, but Chief Sheriff Mhairi

Stephen rebuffed him, saying that Steele’s “angry and aggressive” behavior had made his wife afraid of him.

He is now plotting a career in local politics and hopes to be returned to the Liberal Democrats for the Giffnock and Thornliebank district.

An election campaign flyer issued by Steele
An election campaign flyer issued by Steele

Dr Marsha Scott, chief executive of Scottish Women’s Aid, said: “Domestic abuse is a crime in Scotland.

“Perpetrators must always be held accountable and local authorities must use a survivor-centred approach to address violence against women and girls.

“Surely there are dedicated and passionate candidates who can run for local elections who have not been convicted of domestic abuse?

“What we, and local services in East Renfrewshire, want to see is local elected officials prioritizing ending domestic abuse and
promote human rights and equality.

The Liberal Democrats failed to return a single councilor in East Renfrewshire in the last council election in 2017.

But Steele, whose father was a former council area chancellor, hopes his ties to the local community can make a difference on Election Day.

In an election leaflet, the candidate said: “Having left the RAF in 2020 and returned to my home in Giffnock, I could not be
happier to be part of my community again.

“However, some things have worried me. I’m not impressed with what passes for leadership at the local level.

“My dad represented this area for many years, becoming its first president.

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“My style is your style: community is king. People come first and they must be given a voice.”

Steele insisted he was the victim of a miscarriage of justice when contacted by the Registry, and said he was planning a second appeal against his conviction.

“In terms of the case, legal experts are carefully considering the issues,” he said.

“People can express opinions and that is understandable.

“But if they were told that there is a bit more to this case, their views might change in due course when the truth comes out.”

A Lib Dems spokesman said: “The selection of candidates is a matter for local parties to decide.

“We understand that this matter is the subject of an ongoing legal appeal, so we are unable to comment further.”

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