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 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.