Friday, 22 June 2012

Leicestershire County Council leader David Parsons strongly censured over travel expenses

Coun Parsons was strongly censured on Tuesday for breaching the councillors' code of conduct over his travel expenses.

Coun Parsons appeared before the council's standards committee on Tuesday to face allegations he held on to money paid to him for trips to Europe, which he should have promptly paid back to the authority.

He offered an "unreserved apology" after Martin Caple, chairman of the county council's standards committee, said Coun Parsons had disregarded four key principles of public life – honesty, integrity, accountability and leadership.

One Tory councillor said: "There is a sense of despair among many of us who feel that anybody else other than Parsons would have stepped aside over this. "I do not think the group will have the courage to remove him, though."

Robert Oxley, campaign manager of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: "It is difficult for a politician dogged by questions over how they have handled their expenses to maintain the trust of residents and lead a local authority.

My comment: I agree, no matter how good a leader he is if he can't handle his own expenses properly there is something seriously wrong. With  the LGA suggest he is one of the top 50 influential leaders in Local Government it's no wonder so many councillors try and fiddle their expenses.

Read the full story from the source This is Leicestershire

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