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Friday, 4 July 2008

Ray Lewis resigns post as fresh allegations emerge

Boris Johnson's Deputy Mayor for Young People Ray Lewis resigned this evening after it was revealed that he had lied about being a 'Justice of the Peace.'

The resignation comes several days before the investigation into claims of financial and sexual misconduct was even due to begin, and as fresh allegations emerge of unpaid debts in the Windward Isles.

In a typically combative statement, Ray Lewis claimed that his accusers were part of "the hairsplitting convention" and accused the press of being like "impatient schoolchildren." 

But although he continued to deny the allegations against him, he said that he was resigning so as not to "obscure the good work" of a man who he loves.

The resignation came as the BBC revealed new claims of him owing money in Grenada and as fresh evidence emerged of Lewis taking money 'for safekeeping' from his parishioners. 

Ray Lewis will stand down as a Deputy Mayor with immediate effect. However, it is not yet known what will happen to the inquiry or to his plans for a roll-out of 'Respect Academies' in the capital. 

But whatever happens in the future, it will certainly be a long weekend for Boris and his team at City Hall.

8 comments:

Toneytony said...

...and another one bites the dust.

angelneptunestar said...

What a dreadful shame. Ray Lewis seemed such an inspirational figure, and all the allegations were 10 years ago. It's probably for the best, but how sad is this.

Anonymous said...

all the allegations were 10 years ago

Well not exactly all given that he claimed to be a JP only yesterday.

Anonymous said...

It could be worse. At least it's only been 8 weeks.

Tom said...

"Ray Lewis seemed such an inspirational figure"

He'll certainly be an inspiration for me next time I'm updating my CV. They'll probably make me Pope.

Anonymous said...

More!

The Tory Troll said...

More what?

Anonymous said...

More what - you ask. Isnt it perfectly obvious? Entertainment. this contry loves to watch a life ruined for the sake of selling more tabloid dribble.

Rome collapsed on less. Britania rules nothingany more. Its in ruins.