Two married Conservative councillors have been suspended amid allegations they have been hosting group sex sessions at their Wolverhampton home.
To their neighbours, David and Carol Bourne are pillars of the community. Both represent Wednesfield North and have been heralded as leading lights in the campaign to triumph in the next general election.
Their future is uncertain after being suspended, amid allegations they have been inviting people to their Merry Hill home to take part in sex acts.
Reports have claimed that the pair have been charging people up to £150 to take part in lewd activities behind the curtains of their immaculate end-of-terrace house in Telford Gardens.
The couple are alleged to have advertised their “services” in an adult magazine using the same contact number as their political websites.
One shocked neighbour, who did not want to be named, said the Bournes appeared to be a respectable couple.
He said: “We can’t believe it. We always thought they had a lot of visitors but we just assumed they were friends.”
Last year David, a governor at St Bartholomew’s Primary in Penn, was unveiled as one of a trio of councillors picked by the Tories to head up their Black Country campaign team.
The 66-year-old – first elected in 2003 – is one of the authority’s senior councillors, as cabinet member for children and young people and a member of the standards committee.
Carol, aged 49, was elected last year as commentators hailed the David Cameron-effect for the party winning extra seats in the city.
Councillor Peter Bilson, deputy leader of Wolverhampton City Council until Labour was ousted in the May elections, said: “If this is fact they would lead to resignations. This is not good for the council.”
Leader of the Tory-Lib-Dem alliance at Wolverhampton City Council Neville Patten declined to comment, saying only: “They are suspended pending an investigation.”
The couple were today unavailable for comment.