Two Councillors in Kensington and Chelsea have resigned after they exchanged "sexually suggestive" emails about children.
Former Conservative Mayor of Kensington Cllr Barry Phelps distributed a series of black and white images of young boys with "lewd" captions written underneath.
Councillor Mark Daley was one of the recipients of these emails and failed to challenge Phelps about them.
In one email a boy is pictured standing in front of a priest with "prey" as the subject line.
Others portray young boys bent over and in sailor outfits with similarly suggestive captions underneath.
Leader of the Residents First campaign group Justin Downes reported the emails to the Council after being alerted to them by a resident.
In a statement Downes said that:
"These were innocent images and Councillor Phelps has created sexual overtones to them. I think it's absolutely right for them to go when the council proclaims itself as a council which is absolutely intolerant of child abuse."
When first confronted Phelps is alleged to have claimed that the emails were "witty" and accused the complainant of being a closet homosexual.
A spokesman for the Council said that the matter was subsequently referred to the Police.
In a statement today Council Leader Merrick Cockell said:
"Both have been dedicated and effective ward councillors. However, once it was established that unacceptable emails had been sent out on the Council’s system by one Councillor and had gone unchallenged by the other, both decided that they should resign."
Two byelections will now be called.
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