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SPEECHLEY BEATS SIX-MONTH RULE BY DAYS

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Lincolnshire CC former leader Jim Speechley has remained a councillor and regained access to his expense accounts a...
Lincolnshire CC former leader Jim Speechley has remained a councillor and regained access to his expense accounts after attending a council meeting last week.

The council was set to decide whether Mr Speechley (Con) should be disqualified for six months' non-attendance at council meetings (LGC, 20 August).

Mr Speechley was jailed in April, but was later released on bail and attended the meeting, so escaping the six-month rule by a matter of days.

Despite being electronically tagged, he has regained access to his expenses allowance of£601 per month plus travel.

The council is now seeking clarification from the High Court on whether a jail sentence is suitable grounds for disqualification. It has also asked whether he should have been disqualified on conviction.

Judgment on Mr Speechley's appeal against conviction is expected at the end of October.

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