Cllr Graham Cain has today stepped down from his position as Statutory Lead Member for Children’s Services and Deputy Leader of Blackpool Council, effective immediately.
Cllr Cain said: “I do not believe it is in the best interests of the Council and the services I lead, for the uncertainty surrounding a procedure that is highly confidential and which I cannot comment on, to continue. In particular, given the importance of the improvement journey we are on with Children’s Services, it is extremely distracting. As such, I feel it would be best for the service and myself that I offer to temporarily step down... until a conclusion is reached”.
According to sources the inquiry is the result of complaints made about an alleged improper post Coun Cain shared on Facebook, and was first reported by the Local Democracy Reporting Service on 10th January.
The Labour Party said it could not comment on individual cases because disciplinary procedures are confidential.
A spokesperson added: “The Labour Party takes all complaints extremely seriously and they are fully investigated in line with our rules and procedures, and any appropriate disciplinary action is taken.”
In response Cllr Simon Blackburn, Leader of the Council, said: “I have accepted Graham’s decision to stand down from his Cabinet post. I agree that it is the best thing to do at this point in time, and is testament to Graham, and his unwavering commitment to do right by the Council, the Children’s Services Directorate, and the children of Blackpool. I await the conclusion of the procedure, which I trust will be swiftly concluded.