Call for answers after deputy council leader is ‘removed’ ahead of legal action

The Boston Borough Council building.
The Boston Borough Council building.

Opposition councillors are calling for answers after a senior figure on Boston Borough Council was ‘removed’ from his post as he faces legal action.

In a statement, Boston Labour Councillors said: “The Labour Group read with concern the press release issued by Boston Borough Council, this was the first formal notification we received of the council’s actions. We know no more about the circumstances of Coun McGuire’s removal than the statement in the press release.

“Being mindful of the ruling group’s insular approach in dealing with the community, we will do our best to ensure that any enquiry into this matter includes all councillors and is as far as possible carried out in public.

“We will be interested to learn when the circumstances leading to this action first became known to the council and whether the council acted as quickly as possible.”

A statement issued by the council yesterday read: “In the interests of transparency and good governance Coun Peter Bedford, the leader of Boston Borough Council, has removed Coun Raymond Singleton-McGuire from all Cabinet and committee duties pending completion of proceedings relating to his personal business interests.

“In the interim the leader and deputy leader, Coun Michael Brookes, will jointly discharge the portfolio responsibilities.

“The council will provide no further comment on this matter pending the outcome of legal proceedings.”