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Crawley Borough Council leader resigns following harassment allegations
1:01pm Thursday 8th August 2013 in News
A council leader has resigned following a turbulent period of harassment allegations, bullying claims and defections to UKIP.
Crawley Borough Council leader Bob Lanzer has now been cleared of sexual harassment but admitted the recent turmoil had been a distraction.
But opposition councillors claimed the decision by the Conservative councillor had left the local authority in “chaos” at a crucial time.
Coun Lanzer, who has been leader since 2006, said: “Recent events may have distracted from the good work of the council, which is contrary to my purpose.
“These events of the past few months have caused me some stress and moved the focus from providing quality services for Crawley residents to disputes between individuals.
“Now that the police and party investigations against me have ended without any charges, cautions or suspensions respectively, this is the right time to stand down and allow the council to move forward under a new leader.”
Councillor Claire Denman will take over as acting council leader before a successor is elected.
To read the full story, see tomorrow’s Argus.
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