SENIOR Isle of Wight Councillor Phil Jordan has been charged with drink driving.

Police today (Wednesday) confirmed Cllr Jordan, 67, of Carpenters Road, St Helens, was charged on November 28 with one count of drink driving and will appear at the Isle of Wight Magistrates' Court next Tuesday, December 13.

Earlier today, Isle of Wight Council leader Cllr Jonathan Bacon announced a reshuffle of the executive and said Cllr Jordan had stepped down 'for personal reasons.'

He was the executive member for public health — which includes alcohol misuse services — public protection and the highways PFI.

* Cllr Jordan said: "I can, certainly, sincerely apologise to everyone affected by this. I made a mistake, a miscalculation and an error of judgement for which the courts will decide my fate and penalty.

"I have stepped aside from all executive roles as a result of this.

"In no way do I support drinking and driving and fully support the courts in their dealing with these charges."

Reporter: emilyp@iwcpmail.co.uk