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Kirton councillor steps down from leadership role after admitting driving while attending virtual meeting

A Kirton councillor has stepped down from his leadership role after admitting he shouldn’t have joined an online council meeting while driving.

In a statement on Friday morning Boston borough councillor David Brown said: “I have notified the leader of the council that I have resigned my portfolio responsibilities with immediate effect.

“With hindsight, I shouldn’t have joined the meeting whilst driving and I will cooperate fully with any investigation.”

David Brown (42206703)
David Brown (42206703)

Conservative Councillor Brown, who was the Portfolio Holder for Tourism, Arts & Culture at the council, was attending the authority’s cabinet meeting on Wednesday.

However, he appeared to be driving while using a device to connect to the meeting, which he looked at and adjusted on several occasions.

Coun Brown appears to drive for at least 20 minutes before disappearing from sight. When he reappeared, it looked like he was parked up for the rest of the meeting.

Opposition councillors and members of the public were quick to criticise the actions as “irresponsible” and showing a “disregard for road safety”.

Complaints have been made to the council and Lincolnshire Police, both of which are carrying out investigations.

As of this morning there had been no further updates to those investigations.

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