Councillor steps down three weeks before election

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

Boston Borough Councillor Raymond Singleton-McGuire has stepped down from the council with immediate effect, it has been announced.

A spokesman for Boston Borough Council confirmed the news, which comes just three weeks before the borough council elections are due to take place on May 7.

In a statement to the press Mr Singleton-McGuire said: “For the reasons given by the Council’s Leader of ‘good governance and transparency’ when I was removed from Boston Borough Council as Deputy Leader and Finance Portfolio Holder, my resignation today as a Councillor has been decided.

“As a taxpayer in my home town, I can no longer be involved or be a part of a Council with an administration who claim they practice good governance, accountability and transparency.”

Mr Singleton-McGuire was removed from the council leadership last year over an alleged breach of housing legislation.

Mr Singleton-McGuire was removed from his post as deputy leader and finance portfolio holder pending the legal action.

At the latest court case he denied all the charges against him and is set to face 25 charges which relate to a house in multiple occupancy (HMO) at 15 Main Ridge West, in Boston.

He is set to face a two-day trial at Lincoln Magistrates’ Court, scheduled for April 28.