Verity on his bike after expenses scandal

Sir Gary Verity has quit Welcome to Yorkshire amid claims of lavish spending and bullying.

The man who brought the Tour de France to Scarborough, who was on £243,000 a year, “made errors of judgement regarding his expenses”.

An investigation was mounted by the Sunday Times, which presented the tourism body with evidence of bullying and erroneous expenses claims.

The resignation followed years of concerns about Verity’s bullying behaviour towards staff and his expenses claims, described by several staff members as “lavish”.

It is understood that among the expenses Verity attempted to claim were some relating to the funeral of his sister, who died in January last year.

Welcome to Yorkshire ordered its own investigation into the allegations and concluded that Verity “made errors of judgment at a very difficult time for him and his family”.

Verity, 54, has agreed to reimburse Welcome to Yorkshire for monies owed. The amount is understood to be a five-figure sum.