Cheltenham's Liberal Democrat chairman Dennis Parsons has resigned after making comments appearing to suggest school careers advisors should consider prostitution as a line of work to pupils.

Dennis Parsons, a long standing Liberal Democrat Councillor for Pittville ward, made the comment at the party conference in Brighton.

It's prompted widespread outrage on social media from fellow councillors, party members and MPs.

In response, former MP for Cheltenham Martin Horwood released a statement saying he has 'asked Mr Parsons to resign'.

I have this morning asked Dennis Parsons to resign as Chair of Cheltenham Liberal Democrats. This follow rhetorical questions he asked at a consultative policy session on sex work at the Liberal Democrat conference in Brighton yesterday which are being widely misinterpreted as advocating school careers advice on sex work being given to school leavers. >

Martin Horwood

Councillor Parsons released the following statement.

It is absolutely not my view that careers officers should recommend prostitution as a career.

Councillor Parsons