Boston council's Raymond Singleton-Maguire removed from post

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Image caption Raymond Singleton-Maguire declined to comment on his removal

The deputy leader of Boston Borough Council has been removed from his post.

The authority said it took the action against Raymond Singleton-Maguire because of ongoing legal proceedings into his "personal business interests".

Peter Bedford, leader of the Conservative-led council, said it was "in the interests of transparency and good governance".

Councillor Singleton-Maguire, who is portfolio holder for audit and finance, declined to comment.

The council said no further information would be released until the outcome of proceedings was known.

However, the leader of the Labour opposition group, Paul Gleeson, said: "We will do our best to ensure that any inquiry into this matter includes all councillors, and is as far as possible carried out in public."

Mr Singleton-Maguire, a local businessman, was elected to Boston Borough Council in 2006.

He continues to serve as a Conservative councillor for Freiston, Butterwick, Benington and Leverton.

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