West Northamptonshire council leader steps down amid allegations of domestic abuse

Jonathan Nunn, leader of West Northamptonshire Council, is under pressure to resign.
West Northamptonshire council leader Jonathan Nunn has stepped down from his role Credit: ITV Anglia News

A council leader has stepped down from his position over allegations of domestic abuse.

Jonathan Nunn, leader of West Northamptonshire Council, released a statement saying he continues to deny the allegations against him.

Fresh claims of domestic abuse were recently made against Mr Nunn, who already has a conviction for assaulting his wife in 2004.

He was set to face a confidence vote in his leadership on 9 May, and calls had been made from opposition parties for him to stand down.

He said: "With all this having a massive impact on my mental health and wellbeing, I have decided to step down as council leader while I deal with these issues.

"I have never been anything but open and honest about my previous conviction for assault and a community order 20 years ago, speaking about this publicly and this being a matter of public record for many years, since before I was elected as a borough and now a unitary councillor by members of the public and became council leader."

Mr Nunn has not resigned from the council but has stepped down from his role as leader.

He added: "I am extremely proud of my achievements as leader of the council during a challenging time for local government and since the council was formed three years ago. West Northants Council is in a very good place.

"It is incredibly difficult to take this decision, not because of the job title but because of the pride and passion I feel for the council and the area that it serves.

"However, our greatest achievement has been to build a strong council that will continue to deliver for local residents.

"Following my decision to step down as leader, the council will be confirming the arrangements that will now be put in place."

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