Former Council Leader Quits Tories

The former leader of Leicestershire County Council David Parsons has stepped down from the Conservative Group amid allegations he has broken rules over European travel expenses.

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Conservative group comments on David Parsons' resignation

Nick Rushton, from the Leicestershire County Council Conservative group, issued this statement on the resignation of former council leader Nick Parsons'.

"I have never had any communication or indication, directly or indirectly from David Parsons that he was not planning to stand in the county elections next year as a Conservative candidate.

Indeed, it is well known he was actively pursuing the nomination for his current seat and that re-selection was provisional pending the outcome of the current investigations into his conduct.”


"It is a shame David felt he had to resign before the Group meeting. The Group rules would have allowed him to address the Group before any decision was made.

Perhaps his advance receipt of the report helped focus his mind. The Group will continue to meet as scheduled to allow them to consider the report and recommendations.

In the interests of transparency, the report will be published in full on the group website after the meeting.”



Former leader of Leicestershire County Council resigns from Conservative group

The former leader of Leicestershire County Council has resigned from the Conservative Group.

David Parsons was due to attend a group meeting today discussing a report investigating whether he had broken rules over European travel expenses.

He stepped down as authority leader earlier this year. In a letter resigning from the Conservative group Mr Parsons said:

As you know some time ago I took the decision not to stand for re-election to the County Council next year. In the light of this I intend to stand aside from the Conservative Group with immediate effect. Please take this as my formal resignation from the Group although you can rely on my support in the Chamber.

– David Parsons
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