A Brighton Labour councillor has stood down after taking a new job.
Caroline Penn, who represents Hollingdean and Stanmer ward on Brighton and Hove City Council, had already announced that she would stand down at the local elections next May.
Councillor Penn served as the Labour council’s lead member for mental health – on the Health and Wellbeing Board – and as one of the council’s representatives on East Sussex Fire Authority.
She also became deputy chair of the council’s Children, Young People and Skills Committee.
She said: “I’ve stood down because work commitments meant I could no longer dedicate the time needed.
”I want to say thank you to the wonderful residents in my ward and the council officers.”
When she announced that she would leave the council next May, she said: “Becoming the first ever lead for mental health was a huge honour.
“I hope by speaking out, challenging stigma and, more importantly challenging our health partners to do better, I have made a small difference.
“I was delighted to be appointed deputy chair of the Children’s Committee. I have used the role to highlight the strengths and failures in children’s mental health services.
“I’ve also been able to pursue things that I have been passionate about – improving attainment for children from families on low incomes, better provision for children with special education needs and getting more girls to take up STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).”
Her party colleague the Labour council leader Daniel Yates said: “Since elected in 2015 Caroline has been a committed advocate for her ward of Hollingdean and Stanmer as well as for young people and those living mental health challenges across the city.
“I know that her dynamic approach and energies will be well focused in her new role outside the council and I wish her all the best in it.
“She has been a brilliant Labour councillor and her efforts will be long remembered.”
When Councillor Penn originally said that she would stand down at the next elections, former council leader Councillor Warren Morgan said: “I can’t say how proud I am to have worked alongside you in the team these past three years.
“You have been a shining example of all that a good Labour councillor should be.”
A by-election will not be held because it is less than six months until the local elections which are due to take place on Thursday 2 May next year.
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