Thursday, 3 December 2009

"Resign" - Deputy to Council Leader

A resignation demand has been thrown down to the Conservative Leader of a West Lindsey District Council by his own deputy.

The Lincolnshire Echo are reporting that Deputy Leader of West Lindsey District Council, Cllr. Adam Duguid, (Market Rasen Ward) says Cllr. Bernard Theobald's position is now ‘untenable’ following a series of ‘damaging allegations’. He added a change in leadership would allow the authority to move forward.

An investigation into allegations of fraud and mismanagement in the council's planning department is ongoing, plus the Audit Commission is conducting its own work.
A draft report has been completed by the independent watchdog with the final version expected to be finished no later than Friday, 11th December 2009.

Cllr. Duguid is quoted as saying that he took no pleasure from asking the leader to resign.
"There have been damaging allegations made about Bernard and I feel itmakes his position untenable.

"Like all these things, they may or may not be true. I don't think he has
done anything wrong. But this authority cannot move forward with this hanging
around."
Gainsborough Constituency Conservative Association Chairman, Dr. Stephen Beer said he supported Cllr. Duguid's actions and instructions had been issued to suspend Cllr. Theobald from the local party.

Speaking to the Lincolnshire Echo, Cllr. Theobald refused to comment on whether he would resign.

"I will make my announcement as and when I having something to say."

Liberal Democrat, Opposition Leader Cllr. Reg Shore (Stow Ward) said to the Rasen Mail:
"I wholeheartedly agree that Coun Theobald needs to resign, but not only as leader but also as a councillor; this is the only way that I feel the council can begin to repair itself.

"We will then make it our job to ensure there are no skeletons in the cupboard. We will review in order to assess whether or not there are other issues for consideration.

"This may take time but at the end of the process I am convinced that residents will be reassured by these checks"