Leicester

Council ex-leader David Parsons expelled from Tory group

David Parsons
Image caption David Parsons stepped down as county council leader in July

The former leader of Leicestershire County Council has been expelled from the Conservative Group, even though he had already resigned.

David Parsons left ahead of a meeting of Tory members to decide his future.

Mr Parsons quit as authority leader in July after an investigation found he breached the code of conduct over travel expenses.

Nick Rushton, who replaced him as council leader, said the authority now needed to move on.

He said: "We need to show to the people of Leicestershire that we treat these matters most seriously and we will deal with it as strictly as we can.

"We need to draw a line under this issue and move forward."

Official trips

Through his resignation Mr Parsons became an independent councillor but said he will not be standing for re-election next year.

Leicestershire County Council's standards committee censured the former leader over an independent report which found he had delayed repaying money to a body called East Midlands Councils (EMC).

It had initially paid for official trips to the continent, but the European Union then paid Mr Parsons directly.

Mr Parsons apologised but initially refused to step down as leader, a post he had held for nine years.

It has also been alleged that Mr Parsons used the council's chauffeur-driven car to attend private functions.

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