[an error occurred while processing this directive]
BBC News
watch One-Minute World News
Last Updated: Tuesday, 24 January 2006, 10:55 GMT
Ex-leader becomes culture supremo
Councillor Mike Storey
Mike Storey quit after being found guilty of misconduct
Liverpool's former council leader - who resigned after being found guilty of misconduct - has rejoined the cabinet.

Councillor Mike Storey quit in November when a watchdog criticised him after he was accused of conspiring against chief executive Sir David Henshaw.

New leader, Warren Bradley, said his predecessor was the right man for the Special Initiatives post.

He will have responsibility for the city's Capital of Culture and 800th birthday celebrations.

Mr Storey resigned after admitting to an "error of judgment".

'Deserved a chance'

Emails between himself and communications chief Matt Finnegan were uncovered by an internal inquiry prompting Sir David Henshaw to claim there had been a conspiracy.

An inquiry by the Standards Board for England found him guilty of misconduct.

But Mr Bradley said he would not be "hung up" about his predecessor's return to the cabinet.

"I think Mike Storey, for all the work, all the brain power he put behind Capital of Culture and all the things he's done over 30 years, deserved a chance to see us into 2008," said Mr Bradley.

"He's proactive and will work to make sure that our 800th birthday celebrations and our year of Capital of Culture are something we will remember for a long time."




SEE ALSO:
Firefighter wins leadership vote
05 Dec 05 |  Merseyside
Grim week for Liverpool politics
02 Dec 05 |  Merseyside
Leader quits after 'plot' probe
25 Nov 05 |  Merseyside
Council chiefs agree peace talks
25 May 05 |  Merseyside
Council chief in conspiracy claim
24 May 05 |  Merseyside
Culture capital brand is unveiled
03 Sep 04 |  Merseyside


RELATED INTERNET LINKS:
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites


PRODUCTS AND SERVICES

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific