Theobald resigns as West Lindsey leader
Thursday 11am BERNARD Theobald today announced his resignation as leader of West Lindsey District Council.
Coun Theobald said: " On Tuesday of this week a report appeared in the Lincolnshire Echo under the heading, 'Revealed: The Truth Behind Planning Outcry' claiming that a planning application submitted by me has resulted in an officer's suspension and investigation by the Audit Commission.
"This report is wholly unfounded and has been passed to my lawyers.
"However, I am of the opinion that the aspersions cast on my reputation and integrity in that report make my position as council leader untenable until these accusations can be properly revoked.
"This report not only harms me but I believe, serves to bring the council and my colleagues into disrepute.
"I have therefore, with the greatest regret, decided to stand down from my position of leader of the council whilst challenging the accuracy and facts in this newspaper report."
Yesterday (Wednesday) Coun Theobald's deputy leader, Coun Adam Duguid, called for his resignation and Coun Theobald was to be suspended from the local Conservative Party, following the allegations.
A draft report from the Audit Commission is believed to be very critical of Coun Theobald and the governance of West Lindsey District Council. The full report is expected to be issued next week.
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