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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.”

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"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.”

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Former Leicester County Council leader quits Tories

Former Leicestershire County Council leader David Parsons Credit: ITV Central

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.

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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

Grit delivered as council prepares for winter

It might still be August but Leicestershire County Council has already started to prepare for winter.

Around 7,500 tonnes of grit have been delivered to its barns, bringing the total stock to more than 16,000 tonnes (more than 12 Olympic-sized swimming pools).

More will land in Melton, Nailstone, Mountsorrel and Misterton over the next few months.

More money to repair roads and tackle debt in Leicestershire

Leicestershire County Council has agreed to spend £13 million to repair the county's roads, buy new gritters and tackle debt.

The money is the council's predicted underspend on this year's £300 million budget.

  • £2 million will be used to replace the Aylestone Lane footbridge, over the railway at Wigston and patching work on roads
  • £1.2 million will be spent to replace five gritters as well as eight low-floor, wheelchair-accessible vehicles for adult social care
  • £10 million will be used to repay debt and reduce borrowing costs by £800,000 per year

By managing our budget prudently, we can find the money to invest in road repairs and gritters and reduce our borrowing costs by a significant amount.”

– David Sprason, Leicestershire County Council Acting Deputy Leader

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Council warns over computer scam

Leicestershire County Council is warning people not to fall victim to hoax calls from a business claiming to work for the local authority.

The warning has been issued after a resident reported receiving calls from a company claiming they were asked to fix their computer. The caller told the resident the County Council had passed on their details and that they were working with the police.

Leicestershire County Council said it would not pass on individuals' details to businesses and is urging people not to respond to such calls and never to give any personal details to an unknown person.

"These types of calls are becoming all to frequent. Leicestershire County Council or its agents do not make unsolicited or unexpected phone calls to consumers.

"The caller will ask you to turn on your computer and to give the caller remote access to it, so that the fictitious problem can be rectified.

"Giving access to your computer to someone you don't know could lead to it being infected with viruses or your personal or financial information being stolen and used fraudulently. Or you may have software downloaded on to your PC or work done unnecessarily for which you may then be asked for payment."

– David Bull, Leicestershire County Council's Head of Trading Standards
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