GLASGOW MP Paul Sweeney has hit out at the Secretary of State for Scotland for ‘failing to act’ in the aftermath of the devastating Glasgow School of Art fire.

The Shadow Scotland Office Minister said he wrote to David Mundell in August and has only recently received a reply.

Mr Sweeney called for the Westminster government to set up a fund, as the Scottish Government has done, to support those affected by the June blaze.

Mr Mundell’s office put the delay down to an “administrative error” but Mr Sweeney said it speaks to serious questions about the running of the Scotland Office.

The Scottish Labour MP for Glasgow North East said: “When I wrote to David Mundell in August the situation was serious.

“Three months down the line, local employers and residents are at breaking point and he has still failed to act.

“At long last we have seen the leader of Glasgow City Council recognise the severity of the situation and get behind my request for action from Whitehall.

“But we see from Mr Mundell’s belated reply that any formal request for additional support must come from Glasgow City Council or the Scottish Government.

“It is disappointing that this has not yet happened but I am happy to facilitate a joint meeting to take this matter forward.

“Last week’s Budget bung for Belfast, on top of the £1billion secured by the DUP for propping up Theresa May’s Government, underlines that Scotland’s feeble 13 Tory MPs are incapable of standing up for our city at the highest level.

“Their unquestioning and sycophantic support for Theresa May means Glasgow is not even on the Prime Minister and Chancellor’s radar at a time of acute financial need.

The Evening Times told on Tuesday how council leader Susan Aitken had also approached Mr Mundell about setting up a government funding pot for those affected by the fire.

Ms Aitken has written to Mr Mundell to say she is “disappointed” by the lack of support for Glasgow given the Tory government’s decision to give cash to Belfast, which also suffered a recent fire, as part of the Budget.

Scottish Conservative Glasgow MSP Annie Wells said: “The idea that anyone in Scottish Labour can accuse political opponents of being ‘feeble’ is laughable.

“Paul Sweeney needs to sort his own house out before chucking about insults.”

A UK Government spokesperson said:“We have been clear we are ready to support Glasgow City Council in their work to tackle the issues around Sauchiehall Street, especially following the devastating fire at the Glasgow School of Art. The UK Government is investing £500 million in the Glasgow City Deal, and we are open to discussing how that investment can best be used to support the city’s current challenges."