East Riding Council leader 'delighted' by Paul Robinson resignation
EAST Riding Council leader Stephen Parnaby says he is "delighted" deputy police and crime commissioner Paul Robinson has decided to resign his seat on the authority.
Cllr Robinson has announced he will give up his seat representing Howdenshire at the end of March after initially saying he wanted to stay on as a councillor, despite being appointed to the £45,000-a-year role.
He was roundly criticised for his stance at Wednesday's full council meeting when most councillors voted to support a motion describing his dual roles as "incompatible".
Cllr Parnaby said: "I am delighted Paul had decided to do this and bring the matter to a conclusion.
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"I believe it is the right decision and it's now time to move forward.
"It puts a lot of credibility back with the office of the police and crime commissioner.
"I am sure there are still bridges to be built between us but this allows us to get on and do that."
Cllr Robinson said Wednesday's meeting had been a turning point after initially offering to give up his £10,700-a-year allowance as a backbench councillor while staying on the authority.
He said: "I thought about it again after the meeting and decided the next morning that, in the circumstances, it would be best to resign.
"The barriers to doing my job would have been political, rather than anything involving the officers and the way of the council functions from an administrative point of view.
"What I watched on Wednesday was an orchestrated attack on me by the political elite at County Hall, which was very personal."
George McManus, chairman of the Beverley and Holderness Labour Party, said: "Cllr Robinson has finally made the right decision.
"I believe he had little choice but to resign."
Police commissioner Matthew Grove has already announced his intention to resign his East Riding seat later this year.
He said: "It is very much Paul's decision but I understand why he had made it.
"I think it will be a sad loss for the residents of Howdenshire because Paul has been one of the most effective councillors in recent years.
"I personally believe he could have continued because I did not feel there was a conflict of interest.
"I believe what finally prompted him to do what he has was that he realised he could not meet the needs of his residents because he was being shackled politically.
"It is a sad day for local democracy that residents are not allowed to be represented by the people they have voted for by the actions of others."