Steve Eling, a close ally of right-wing Labour MPs Tom Watson and John Spellar, has resigned as leader of Sandwell Council, following his suspension by the Labour Party pending investigation into complaints covered by the SKWAWKBOX.
Eling had flagged his intention to step aside after a self-justifying interview with a friendly local journalist.
He was replaced on Monday night as leader of Sandwell Labour group by Steve Trow, a cabinet member who shared more than just a first name with his predecessor.
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