The Nottingham Post reports that Stephen Barker, the director of communications at Labour-run Nottingham City Council to take voluntary redundancy. This comes as the council chief executive Jane Todd  investigates whether Council Taxpayers money have been used to support the Labour election campaigns.

The report says:

An investigation by the Nottingham Post, which prompted Ms Todd's internal inquiry, found:

The existence of two communications documents which appeared to show the Labour Party and the council co-ordinated publicity campaigns with a "Proud of Nottingham" theme ahead of the election in 2007.

The communications 'grid' planning Labour's election publicity was marked "document for StephenB"

A senior council officer claimed Mr Barker was potentially "at risk of committing a criminal offence" by saying he did not have the documents about publicity and later revealing that he did.