Councillor who stole £154,000 quits Tory group

The Oxford Times: John  Morgan John Morgan

JOHN Morgan has stepped down from the Conservative groups on the Vale of White Horse and Wantage Town councils.

But he still remains an independent councillor on both.

Morgan, 75, of Highclere Gardens, Wantage, was convicted on Monday of stealing £154,000 from elderly Alzheimer’s sufferer Beryl Gittens.

Vale council leader Matt Barber said he called Mr Morgan on Monday night to ask for his resignation.

Mr Barber said: “It is frustrating. The situation would be much clearer if we weren’t still waiting for the sentencing.”

Morgan is to be sentenced on January 10. Mr Barber said Morgan could not automatically be removed from the council unless he was given a custodial term above three months.

Wantage mayor Fiona Roper said: “The fact that this has happened is dreadful, but a lot of people here know him and seem to regard him quite highly.”

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