Council deputy leader Nathan Hartley quits over drink-drive case
The deputy leader of Bath and North East Somerset Council has resigned from the post after being caught drink-driving.
Councillor Nathan Hartley (Lib Dem, Peasedown St John), has also stood down as the cabinet member for early years, children, and youth, after being fined £350 for driving while over the legal alcohol limit.
The 28-year-old handed in his resignation at the weekend after appearing at Bath Magistrates Court last Wednesday.
Leader of the council Paul Crossley said: “I have accepted Nathan’s resignation. He made an error of judgement and decided that his cabinet position was unsustainable because of his conviction.
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“I would like to thank Nathan for his dedication and hard work over the past 15 months where he has overseen the continued improvement of our children’s services and implemented key cabinet policies, such as retaining Culverhay School.”
Mr Crossley will take over Mr Hartley's previous responsibilities until a successor is appointed.
The court heard he had been stopped just after 1.15am on June 16 after police officers had become concerned about his erratic driving.
Mr Hartley, who is currently on a holiday planned before the court case, will remain a local councillor, a position he has held since 2007.
He had been in the cabinet since his party took over the running of B&NES in May 2011.
The politician, who also runs a public relations company, was just over the limit when he was pulled over in Odd Down, after drinking what he said was less than two pints of beer.
Mr Hartley, who was banned from the road for a year, had said he had the support of Bath MP Don Foster and Mr Crossley.