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A Lichfield councillor who breached the local authority’s code of conduct has resigned from his role as chair of an overview and scrutiny committee.
Cllr David Leytham, Conservative representative for Whittington and Streethay on Lichfield District Council, had failed to declare his wife’s business and the fact she had been paid for work carried out on behalf of Lichfield City Council.
The former Mayor of the city council had claimed his wife’s Pretty Little Parlour Company had been more akin to a hobby than a business, but this was rejected by a council investigator.
There had been calls for him to be stripped of the chairman role, but Cllr Doug Pullen, leader of Lichfield District Council, said Cllr Leytham had now decided to stand down from the role.
“This was an oversight concerning David’s spouse providing flower arranging for the parish council,” Cllr Pullen said.
“We as Councillors owe a duty to the public to ensure we are entirely open and transparent about our dealings and when we fall short, we are quite rightly held to account.
“David and I have spoken and he has offered his resignation as Chair of the community, housing and health overview and scrutiny committee.
“He has done so in order to uphold the integrity of the council, and I’m grateful that he has decided to make this decision.
“I’d also encourage all councillors, regardless of party affiliation, to ensure they are continually reviewing their register of interests as obviously circumstances change over a four year period.”