Statement from Mr Nicholas Rushton CC, Leader of Leicestershire County Council.
David Sprason has informed me of his decision to stand down, while an investigation takes place under the Conservative group rules.
That’s the right decision, personally and in the interests of the Council’s reputation.
I have made it clear in recent times that the Conservative Group needs to be seen to be acting in accordance with the highest standards of conduct.
I find it particularly disappointing that my predecessor as leader didn’t deal with this matter properly through the group rules at the time.
I am appointing Mr Dave Houseman CC as the new Cabinet Lead Member for Adults & Communties and Mr Byron Rhodes CC as Conservative Group Deputy Leader and Deputy Leader of the County Council. Mr Houseman's previous role as Cabinet Support Member will remain vacant.