City Mayor Subhan Shafiq has resigned after he personally vouched for the taxi licence application of a man who had been convicted of a string of sexual offences.
Mr Shafiq, who is a Liberal Democrat councillor representing Monkston ward, released a statement in light of the revelations.
He said he would “obviously” continue as a councillor despite stepping down as mayor over the controversy.
Mr Shafiq said: “It is with deep sorrow that I feel that I have no alternative but to resign as Mayor of Milton Keynes as I have lost the confidence of many councillors.
“Sadly I gave a reference to someone, three and a half years ago, regarding the few years I have known them in Milton Keynes, with hindsight I should not have.
“Now I am Mayor it is best that I resign as the office of Mayor must be above criticism.
“It has been a great honour for me to have been elected Mayor and it is with regret that I have had to resign. I hope that I have served the residents of Milton Keynes well during my short period as Mayor.
“My wife and I have been so proud to represent this great city of Milton Keynes.
“I will obviously continue my work as a ward councillor and represent my residents to the best of my ability.”
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