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Council leader leaves after audit
Ian Croft
The council leader resigned after a critical report
The leader of Lincolnshire County Council and the entire Conservative-led executive board have resigned after a damning audit report.

Ian Croft stepped down at a special full council meeting at the authority on Friday afternoon.

He said it was in the best interests of the county that he leave his post.

His resignation comes after a report from the Audit Commission branded the leadership of the council as "weak" and "unlikely to improve without help".

'Quality of leadership'

The report said not enough progress had been made since an earlier inspection.

Two Conservative MPs in Lincolnshire called for his resignation after the report was tabled on Thursday.

Gainsborough MP Edward Leigh and the MP for Sleaford and North Hykeham, Douglas Hogg, had suggested that Mr Croft step down from his post.

Mr Hogg said: "There are criticisms of his style of leadership and the quality of leadership he has displayed."

The report claimed weak political leadership of the council was made worse by the denial of the executive that anything was wrong.

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