Former Co-op boss convicted of gross indecency in 1981

Paul Flowers, the former banking boss of the Co-operative Bank, was convicted of gross indecency in 1981, reportedly over a sex act in a public toilet.

Former Co-operative Banking chairman Paul Flowers, convicted of gross indecency in 1981. Credit: Co-operative Group/PA Wire

Mr Flowers, who was was caught allegedly buying and using illegal drugs in a newspaper sting at the weekend, led the Co-operative Bank for three years from 2010.

Today it also emerged that the minister resigned from Bradford Council in 2011 after "inappropriate" adult content was found on his computer.

Read: Flowers left council after adult content found on computer

At the time he citied personal reasons and increased responsibilities at the at the Co-op.

A church spokesman said that Mr Flowers was suspended after his conviction for gross indecency and that he went through the "usual procedures" before being allowed to continue in his role.