Leicester

Leicester's elected mayor reports lord mayor over parking

The elected mayor of Leicester has reported the city's lord mayor to the authority's own standards board.

BBC Radio Leicester has learned Labour councillor Robert Wann is facing allegations relating to parking tickets and permits.

Sir Peter Soulsby, who became the city's first directly elected mayor in May, confirmed he had reported a councillor but would not name him.

Mr Wann said he could not comment on the issue.

Role abolished

Sir Peter, who resigned as Leicester South MP to become Labour's candidate for elected mayor, said a member of the public had raised the issue.

"Quite clearly the constituent who brought it to me did so because they believed something was amiss.

"I think there was sufficient substance in what they brought for me to have to take it seriously and following discussion with the member concerned we both felt it was appropriate for the council's standards committee to look at it and take a view."

The directly elected mayor is the city council's most powerful politician while the role of lord mayor is ceremonial.

Earlier this month, the council backed Sir Peter's call to abolish the role of chief executive - a non elected post - saying there was too much overlap between the two positions.

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