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RUDE ROYAL AWAKENING FOR LINCOLN MAYORESS

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The mayoress of Lincoln was forced to withdraw from a ceremony welcoming the Queen to the city after being accused ...
The mayoress of Lincoln was forced to withdraw from a ceremony welcoming the Queen to the city after being accused of having an affair with her council chauffeur.

Hayley Barker right has been at the centre of media attention since a tabloid newspaper claimed she and Keith Prescott were lovers. Both are married.

Lincoln City Council chief executive Andrew Sparke told LGC that the speculation had placed Mrs Barker under great stress and prompted her decision to avoid the royal visit.

Mr Prescott has been redeployed to other council duties. Mr Sparke said there was 'no evidence of misconduct relating to his duties, the mayoral vehicle or his uniform'. He said there had been no moves to strip Mrs Barker of her office.
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