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.
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