Councillor in firing line

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Jeremy Pembroke, county councillor for Lavenham, used taxpayers’ money to fund leadership coaching as part of his role as leader of Suffolk County Council, it has been confirmed.

Mr Pembroke was mentioned in a story in a national newspaper about Andrea Hill, the council’s chief executive, who spent more than £14,000 on a local government trainer.

The authority confirmed that Mr Pembroke, who is leading the council’s controversial process to out-source public services to save money, also had professional coaching with the same trainer.

A council spokesman was unable to confirm how many sessions were given or at what cost. Mr Pembroke was not available for comment.

“I can confirm that Jeremy Pembroke did have training with Sol Davidson,” added the spokesman. “The statement we’ve provided is our response.”

The newspaper story said Andrea Hill, who earns more than £218,000 a year, had 23 sessions with the coach, at a cost of £525 an hour plus VAT.