Jamie Hailstone 27 September 2012

New Leicestershire CC leader pledges to clean up council’s reputation

Leicestershire CC’s new leader has promised to restore the local authority’s reputation.

Cllr Nick Rushton was formally elected as leader at a full council meeting yesterday (Wednesday), following the resignation of the previous leader, Cllr David Parsons, in July.

‘I am determined that, under my leadership, we will collectively – members and officers – repair the damage to working relationships and the county council’s reputation brought about by events surrounding the former leader,’ said Cllr Rushton.

‘It is vital that the council moves on and I will need the help of all members and the council’s staff in this task.’

He also pledged to restore regular meetings with the two other group leaders at Leicestershire CC.

Cllr Rushton was formerly deputy leader and cabinet member for resources. He was first elected to the council in 1987.

This week, The MJ reported Leicestershire CC will invoice Cllr Parsons for between £4,000 and £5,000 to cover additional expenses incurred during his European Union-related duties.

Last week, it was also reported he faces a fourth major investigation linked to his expenses.

 
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