Labour-Backing Former CBI Boss John Allan Resigns as Tesco Chair mdi-fullscreen

John Allan has announced he is stepping down as Tesco Chairman next month in light of multiple harassment allegations, claiming the negative publicity “risk[s] becoming a distraction” to the supermarket. Allan denies three of the four allegations, although he admits he told a co-worker her dress “suited her figure”…

This will also come as a huge blow to Labour, who’ve spent months sucking up to big business and even relied on Allan as a star performer at their prawn cocktail offensive in the City earlier this year. Interim Chair, Byron Grote said:

“While we have received no complaints about [Allan]’s conduct and made no findings of wrongdoing, these allegations risk becoming a distraction to Tesco.”

Allan has already wasted money attempting to get this gripping story from the Sun removed from the Google index. Wonder if he’ll try that trick again today…

UPDATE: Allan is also “temporarily” stepping back as the Chair of Imperial College Council, as per an email sent by College President Hugh Brady:

“Dear Colleagues,

At its meeting on Friday last, Imperial’s Council considered the recent allegations made against its Chair, John Allan, as reported in the Guardian newspaper. Since these reports surfaced, I have had conversations with John, University Management Board, Heads of Departments and Council and feedback from the Imperial community was reflected in the discussion at Council.
It was noted that none of these allegations relate to his role at Imperial, no complaints had been received by Imperial and that John vigorously denies the allegations. However, John expressed that in the broader best interests of the Imperial community he has chosen to voluntarily step back from his Imperial activities until the matter is resolved. Council thanked John and our Deputy Chair, John Cullen, has agreed to step in as needed during this period.
Thank you for your continued feedback. Please share this information with your colleagues, as appropriate.”
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