Andrew Fisher was in charge of PR for Leeds Council’s Labour councillors until last October. He admitted charges of theft from Leeds City Council and will appear before Leeds Crown Court next month for sentencing.
It is understood Fisher was first suspected of forging receipts and pocketing money intended for the Lord Mayor’s charity in 2005.
Fisher had worked for the council for six years and most recently held the title of Labour Group support manager. He oversaw a team of 12 people handling publicity and research for the council’s 43 elected Labour members.
Council chief democratic services officer Nick de la Taste said: ‘It was a shock to us to learn that he had been abusing the trust we placed in him.’ He added that the council has made ‘a number of changes’ to its procedures.
Last week, David Keogh, a communications officer at the Cabinet Office, was jailed for leaking a secret memo about talks between George Bush and Tony Blair. A trial heard that Keogh gave the memo to MP’s researcher Leo O’Connor at a dining club in Northampton.