Council leader quits four days after being named Pinhead of the Month

July 04, 2012 11:59 AM

Last Friday we named Cllr David Parsons, the Conservative leader of Leicestershire County Council, as May's Pinhead of the Month. He had been censured for keeping hold of thousands of pounds of taxpayers’ money paid to him for trips to Europe which should have been reimbursed to the council, and also wasted tens of thousands of pounds by using a chauffeur-driven council car to take him to hundreds of meetings in London when the train would have been far cheaper.

Yesterday afternoon he resigned as council leader, as reported by the BBC and the Leicester Mercury.

Let's hope whoever succeeds him is more prudent when it comes to deciding how - or whether - to spend taxpayers' money.Last Friday we named Cllr David Parsons, the Conservative leader of Leicestershire County Council, as May's Pinhead of the Month. He had been censured for keeping hold of thousands of pounds of taxpayers’ money paid to him for trips to Europe which should have been reimbursed to the council, and also wasted tens of thousands of pounds by using a chauffeur-driven council car to take him to hundreds of meetings in London when the train would have been far cheaper.

Yesterday afternoon he resigned as council leader, as reported by the BBC and the Leicester Mercury.

Let's hope whoever succeeds him is more prudent when it comes to deciding how - or whether - to spend taxpayers' money.

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