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Debt action launched against ex-leader

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Leicestershire CC has launched legal proceedings for debt against former leader David Parsons.

The county council is seeking to recover £1,500 of outstanding debt from Cllr Parsons, who it said in a statement “stopped making repayments in May” for travel expenses reimbursement owed.

Cllr Parsons was Leicestershire’s Conservative leader but now sits on Blaby DC for Ukip. He unsuccessfully contested the post of LGA chair in 2011.

He was in July 2012 given a “strong censure” by Leicestershire’s standards committee after being found guilty of multiple breaches of the council’s code of conduct relating to his travel expenses and use of a council-provided car.

A report to the committee hearing found Cllr Parsons had brought his office into disrepute and used his position to improperly secure for himself an advantage. He resigned as leader later that month and soon after left the Tories.

Cllr Parsons told LGC: “Matters are in hand and I anticipate reaching a settlement very quickly with the county council.”

He declined to comment on local press reports that he intended to contest the next general election for Ukip in a Leicestershire seat.

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