Leicestershire County Council leader resigns
David Parsons has quit as leader of Leicestershire County Council after breaching the councillors' code of conduct over his travel expenses.
The Tory politician's nine years in charge of the authority ended with his resignation this afternoon
Members of County Hall's Conservative group were due to hold a motion of no confidence in Coun Parsons but it never went to a vote as he stepped down beforehand.
Last month, the council's standards committee found he had breached the councillors' code of conduct by holding on to thousands of pounds worth of travel expenses, for trips to Europe, which he should have refunded to the council more promptly.
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At one point he had more than £5,400 in his bank account which he should have paid back.
Coun Parsons remains subject to a continuing police investigation into allegations of financial irregularities concerning his trips to Europe.