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  Deputy mayor resigns from office [London]
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Last EditedNew Jerusalem  Jul 04, 2008 08:01pm
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MediaTV News - British Broadcasting Corporation BBC News
News DateSaturday, July 5, 2008 02:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionLondon's deputy mayor has resigned two months into his post amid claims of financial irregularities.

Ray Lewis faced allegations relating to his time as a vicar in east London in the late 1990s and head of a youth academy scheme in 2003.

He was placed under Church of England disciplinary measures in 1999.

London Mayor Boris Johnson said he was sad at the resignation - but insisted he would re-appoint Mr Lewis if he cleared his name.

Mr Lewis, who had special responsibility for youth, described the claims as groundless and rubbish.

He had been appointed as one of Mr Johnson's several deputy mayors with specific portfolios.

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