Former Co-op Bank chair Paul Flowers removed from Methodist roll of ministers

Paul Flowers, the former Co-operative Bank chairman disgraced by revelations of drug use, has been dismissed as a minister by the Methodist Church. Mr Flowers was suspended by...

Paul Flowers, the former Co-operative Bank chairman disgraced by revelations of drug use, has been dismissed as a minister by the Methodist Church.

Mr Flowers was suspended by the church after the Mail on Sunday revealed footage of him apparently paying for drugs in November 2013.

In April 2014 he was charged with possession of drugs, and convicted by Leeds magistrates of possessing cocaine, methamphetamine and ketamine on 7 May 2014, receiving a £400 fine.

His dismissal by the church, following an appeal period, means he can no longer use the title Reverend or lead services.

Mr Flowers was appointed as non-executive chair of the Bank in March 2010. He resigned from the post in May 2013, after it was revealed the Bank had lost £700m and a £1.5bn hole was found in its finances. He was criticised for his testimony to the Treasury Select Committee over the crisis in November 2013, a few days before the drugs scandal broke.

Andrew Tyrie, chair of the committee, said Mr Flowers was “manifestly unsuitable” to be chair of a bank.

Before taking on his role at the Bank, he had served as a Labour councillor in Bradford and on an informal board advising Ed Miliband on banking. A former trustee of the drugs charity Lifeline, Mr Flowers resigned in 2004 over false expense claims.

His involvement with the Co-op Group began in 2008 after it merged with United Co-operatives, where he was a board member. He resigned from the Group board and all subsidiary positions in June 2013.

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