Council and fire service take legal action against ‘removed’ councillor

L-R Boston Borough Council leader Peter Bedford with deputies Raymond Singleton-McGuire and Michael Brookes. Pictured outside the Municipal Buildings, Boston, following the 2011 election. ENGEMN00120130122121140 ENGEMN00120130122121140
L-R Boston Borough Council leader Peter Bedford with deputies Raymond Singleton-McGuire and Michael Brookes. Pictured outside the Municipal Buildings, Boston, following the 2011 election. ENGEMN00120130122121140 ENGEMN00120130122121140

Boston Borough Council and Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue are taking legal action against Coun Raymond Singleton-McGuire over an alleged breach of housing legislation.

Coun Singleton-McGuire was last week removed from his post as deputy leader and finance portfolio holder pending legal action relating to his personal business interests.

A statement issued yesterday confirmed that that action is being brought by the council itself, along with the fire service.

The statement said: In the light of recent publicity Boston Borough Council wishes to clarify the situation regarding Mr Raymond Singleton-McGuire. The borough council and Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue are both taking legal action against Mr Singleton-McGuire in his personal capacity for alleged breaches of housing legislation.

“Coun Peter Bedford said his action in removing Coun Singleton-McGuire from his posts as joint deputy leader and finance portfolio holder was good practice in pursuit of continued good governance.”

In reponse, Coun Singleton-McGuire stated: “After seeking advice, I have been advised to make no further comment with regard to the subsequent press release issued today.”

He told The Standard last week that he has now left the Conservative group and will serve as an independent councillor.

He claims he has been ‘blocked’ by Coun Bedford in an attempt to find out information from officers and said had found the finance portfolio a ‘tough role where popularity does not exist at times of these challenges’.