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Welcome to Yorkshire: Sir Gary Verity will face investigations

There have been new developments in the controversy surrounding the sudden departure of the Yorkshire tourism boss Sir Gary Verity.

Calls have been made from a Lib Dem peer for a full police investigation into his expenses, while two PAs who worked for the former Chief Executive have told Calendar of his alleged bullying.

It all comes of the eve of Welcome to Yorkshire's 10th anniversary celebrations tomorrow and as a board meeting was held at its HQ. Sally Simpson has more.

The Welcome to Yorkshire Board have confirmed that there will be two independent investigations which will take place into the behaviour and expenses concerns during Sir Gary Verity’s tenure as Chief Executive.

In a statement released today they said:

Two external, independent organisations will be appointed to carry out these investigations. One will look into concerns around expenses and the other into behaviour, since Sir Gary’s appointment in 2008.

"As part of both of these, Welcome to Yorkshire’s policies, procedures and governance will be assessed, and where required, recommendations for improvements will be made."

– Welcome to Yorkshire statement

Board Member Deborah Egan OBE said:

Welcome to Yorkshire is a responsible organisation which has a duty to be transparent and accountable. As soon as the independent organisations have been appointed, anyone who believes they have been affected by these issues will be invited to come forward.

"They will be fully supported, and all accounts will be treated in the strictest of confidence."

– Deborah Egan OBE

The findings of these investigations will be made public. The Board have said they will be completed in a timely manner.

They added: "The Board has written to West Yorkshire Police to inform them of these investigations."

West Yorkshire Police say they have received a notification from Welcome to Yorkshire. They said:

At this time it is not clear if any criminal offences have been committed, and for this reason we are seeking to meet representatives from Welcome to Yorkshire at the earliest opportunity to discuss the matter further."

– West Yorkshire Police