CE Investigation Committee chair steps down

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In a further twist to the long running investigation over alleged misconduct at Cheshire East Council which has seen a number of top level executives suspended, the chairman of the committee investigating them has been asked to step down by the council.

This comes after the council received information raising concerns over actions taken by Councillor Howard Murray whilst serving on the authority's Investigation and Disciplinary Committee (IDC).

A council spokesman said: "This is a neutral act, intended to protect Cllr Murray and the council from concerns of a similar nature arising whilst the matter is considered further.

"The council is considering very carefully whether this matter is capable of having any adverse impact on the work undertaken by the committees to date.

"Early indications are that the work of the committees to date is not affected by the concerns raised.

"Cllr Margaret Simon, vice-chairman of the IDC, will act as IDC chairman on an interim basis while these matters are resolved."

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