Deputy leader of Leicestershire County Council David Sprason faces two month suspension
The deputy leader of Leicestershire County Council is facing a two-month suspension from County Hall's Conservative Group after a pornographic DVD was found in his council lap-top.
Tory Group whips today published a report of an investigation into the conduct of Councillor David Sprason saying he showed a serious lack of judgement
Coun Sprason temporarily stood down from his roles as deputy leader and cabinet member of adult social care after a letter was leaked to the Leicester Mercury about the DVD - discovered in his computer by a council technician in 2007.
The letter from the then county solicitor to Coun Sprason said no illegal activity had occurred but told him not to view any such material on a council computer again.
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The Conservative whips say councillor Sprason broke two party rules after giving an interview to the Mercury which resulted in a story that then led to widespread coverage in the national media.
The whips concluded Coun Sprason had allowed his private life to cause embarrassment to the party and also that he had failed to uphold "the highest standards of leadership and integrity".
The whips recommend a two-month suspension from the Tory group which will be reduced to a month if Coun Sprason issues a written public apology.
Their report also says Coun Sprason "should not hold any executive role, other office or representative role on behalf of the Conservative Group."
It adds: "If the leadership of the Group wished to reconsider that position, a considerable period of time should be allowed to pass before doing so.
Council leader Nick Rushton said he would urge party members to support the recommendations when they meet to discuss it on January 10.