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BANES council deputy leader resigns over drink-driving

Nathan Hartley
Image caption Nathan Hartley was fined £350 and banned from driving for a year

The deputy leader of Bath and North East Somerset Council has stepped down from the role after being convicted of drink-driving.

Nathan Hartley also resigned from his position as cabinet member for early years, children and youth, but will continue as a councillor.

The Liberal Democrat is on holiday abroad and not available for comment.

Council leader Paul Crossley said his colleague had made "an error of judgement".

Mr Hartley, councillor for the Peasedown ward, appeared before Bath magistrates on 22 August and pleaded guilty to drink-driving.

He was found to be slightly over the limit when stopped by police on the Wells Road in June.

The councillor was banned from driving for a year and fined £350.

Councillor Crossley said: "I have accepted Nathan's resignation.

"He made an error of judgement and decided that his cabinet position was unsustainable because of his conviction.

"I would like to thank Nathan for his dedication and hard work over the past 15 months where he has overseen the continued improvement of our children's services and implemented key cabinet policies, such as retaining Culverhay School."

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