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Parsons resists resignation calls

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Embattled Leicestershire CC leader David Parsons has rebuffed advice from his own Conservative group to stand down, despite facing another standards investigation.

LGC understands Cllr Parsons (Con) met with his deputy Nick Rushton last week who advised him to resign as leader following a week in which he resigned his post in the LGA as chair of the environment board and it emerged that he would face a police investigation into financial irregularities.

A corporate governance committee of the council met on Friday to consider whistle blowing complaints made against Cllr Parsons in relation to his expense claims for trips to Brussels. The committee resolved that he would be invoiced for an amount of £1,800 that he still owed despite claiming the week before that he had paid all the money he owed to the council.

The committee noted that as well as Cllr Parsons’ expense claims for trips to Brussels now being investigated by the police, there would now be a further standards investigation.

The committee also heard from council chief executive John Sinnott who said that he had spent more than half an hour with Cllr Parsons at the LGA conference in which he explained to the leader that the case had been referred to the police on Tuesday afternoon. Despite this, Cllr Parsons has claimed in a statement that he had only become aware of the development after reading about it in a council press release published on Wednesday afternoon.

Committee chair David Snartt (Con) said that he had been “most concerned” by the coverage that the case had garnered and said the committee had “important responsibilities to ensure the issues identified were properly addressed”.

Cllr Snartt refused Cllr Parsons permission to address the meeting.

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