Top employee put on ‘extended leave’ last week steps down
The SKWAWKBOX understands that Sandwell Council chief executive Jan Britton has resigned from his position after being placed last week on ‘extended leave’. The council was said to have ‘serious concerns’ about Britton’s conduct under former council leader Steve Eling, a close ally of right-wing Labour MP Tom Watson.
Eling lost his place in the council after being suspended by the Labour Party following accusations of bullying and other misconduct.
Watson attempted to intervene in Eling’s disciplinary process and threw an extraordinary tantrum at a meeting of Labour’s National Executive Committee disputes panel. It was the first he had ever attended, according to other members present. Watson also claimed that other councillors had been deselected for last May’s local elections for no good reason.
No further details of the reasons for Britton’s resignation are known, but his decision to step down before the council investigation is further evidence that Labour has had solid reasons for the party’s interventions in the borough.
Mr Britton could not be reached for comment.
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