Middleton was suspended by the Labour Party in June and according to Sunderland City Council he is no longer a sitting member after failing to attend a single meeting in six months. He has effectively forfeited his seat.
Today Middleton pleaded guilty to the offence of 'engaging in sexual communication with a child under the age of 16'. His barrister told South Tyneside Magistrates' Court that Middleton was of previous good character and had co-operated with the police. He pleaded for sentencing to be passed down by the magistrates, but the judge instead referred the case to Newcastle Crown Court to be heard on January 10th.
|Paul Middleton arriving at court today|