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Cheshire East Council's Deputy Leader has been asked to step aside while a police investigation continues.

Councillor David Brown had already taken a step back from his cabinet duties as the police look into a £70,000 grant that was made to the Berkeley Academy in April 2016.

He insists he has done nothing wrong.

Cheshire East Council Leader, Rachel Bailey, said: “I appreciate that Councillor David Brown took the decision to stand aside from cabinet member responsibilities for the highways and infrastructure portfolio.

“I have now taken the decision that he is to stand aside from his duties as deputy leader of the council for the duration of the investigation into the granting of funds to Berkeley Academy, with immediate effect.

“The role of deputy leader includes covering the responsibilities of the leader of the council where and when I am not available. This may well include dealing with matters relating to the highways and infrastructure portfolio, which would put Cllr Brown into an untenable position. I will appoint a temporary deputy in due course.

“Councillor Brown will not receive the additional deputy leader’s allowance during this time and will not sit on cabinet.”

He remains ward councillor for Congleton East.

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