A COUNCIL leader has been urged to resign in the wake of the taxi licensing scandal dogging the South Ribble authority.

Opposition leader Cllr Paul Foster and Cllr Matthew Tomlinson, who also serves as cabinet member for children and young people on the county council, have urged Cllr Margaret Smith to stand down.

Town hall bosses have been under sustained pressure over a leaked report revealing that propery checks had not been carried out on two taxi drivers who had been the focus of child safeguarding concerns. Two licensing officers have been suspended.

And in a radio interview the pair received the backing of Farington Conservative councillor Paul Wharton.

Cllr Tomlinson said: "The council needs to recognise the anger and frustration over this issue and publish the report, even if it is readacted."

Cllr Smith was unavailable for comment but has arranged for an independent review, which will eventually be published.