Middlesbrough Mayor Andy Preston, 54, is facing an independent investigation after a a complaint was sent about his conduct, but he claims it is an attempt to discredit him
Middlesbrough’s mayor has strenuously denied wrongdoing over allegations “a naked woman” was seen on his computer screen by council staff.
The local politician is facing an independent investigation after a complaint was sent to Middlesbrough Council about his conduct, reports Teesside Live.
Andy Preston, 54, has strenuously denied wrongdoing over the claims.
The North Yorkshire town’s leader claimed the allegations were an attempt to discredit him – hitting out at Middlesbrough MP Andy McDonald for lodging a complaint to the authority.
Now he has revealed the nature of the allegations and his own account claiming what unfolded.
In a statement on Friday morning, Mr Preston said he had “never and will never be so stupid as to view inappropriate material in a work environment” – claiming he hadn’t been made aware of the alleged event at the time, and wasn’t there when it happened.
The mayor added an anonymous letter sent to deputy mayor Cllr Antony High “appeared to kick off” the episode – with the missive referring to “rumours of inappropriate material” on his computer screen.
Mr Preston said he alerted council chief executive Tony Parkinson to the letter – claiming the top officer indicated it related to an incident “about a year ago” when the mayor was away from the office.
Original publication 27 November, 2020
Posted on NatCorn 15th December 2020
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