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Chief and leader to be on bail for a year

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One year will have passed by the time four men, including Liverpool City Council chief executive Ged Fitzgerald and Lancashire CC leader Geoff Driver (Con), are due to answer police bail again in relation to a police probe into two joint ventures involving BT.

Mr Fitzgerald and Cllr Driver, along with Lancashire’s former chief executive Phil Halsall and David McElhinney, who headed both joint ventures Liverpool Direct and Lancashire’s One Direct, were all arrested in May last year.

They were all arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice and witness intimidation. None of them have been charged and they have all been bailed to 22 May this year.

LGC previously reported how Mr Fitzgerald, who was Lancashire chief executive from 2008 until joining Liverpool in 2011, had voluntarily stepped aside from his role “until certain investigations are complete”.

Both Liverpool Direct and One Direct are now defunct.

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