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George Lord quits county and Alvechurch

Posted on November 08 2010 at 11:08:49

George Lord has quit as both leader of Worcestershire County Council and the county representative for Alvechurch ward amid allegations of inappropriate behaviour towards staff.

He has also resigned as a councillor on Bromsgrove District Council.

George Lord, who has resigned as leader of Worcestershire County Council. He has been replaced by Councillor Adrian Hardman, deputy leader, who told news sources: “Over the course of the last week some allegations of inappropriate behaviour towards staff have been made against Dr George Lord, leader of Worcestershire County Council. “As is normal practice in these circumstances the individual against whom any allegations are being made is presented with the information when it is at an unsubstantiated stage.
George Lord

“Dr Lord recognised the disruption this situation could cause to the work of the council and decided to resign from the council with immediate effect on Saturday, November 6.

“I as deputy leader will automatically take over as leader until the formal process of appointing a new leader is implemented and my focus, with the support of both elected members and officers, will be on supporting the staff involved in these allegations and importantly maintaining the momentum within the council to meet the challenges it faces in the current economic climate.”

George Lord has been leader of the county for nearly ten years. He was re-elected to the county council to represent the interests of Alvechurch in May 2009 with more than 40 per cent of the vote.

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