Glasgow’s council leader has insisted the city is ready for the COP26 conference – but “with caveats”.

Susan Aitken denied the city was a mess and said cleansing staff were “working round the clock” for the UN summit.

In a meeting with the Scottish Affairs Committee, she addressed accusations that bins were overflowing and rubbish collectors had suffered rat attacks.

The SNP councillor told MPs that other cities were dirtier than Glasgow and insisted she was “not embarrassed”.

Ms Aitken said: “The Cop26 board met last week and the verdict was that we are ready, with caveats.

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