Newmarket councillor Lisa Chambers has resigned after 10 years representing the town on Suffolk County Council.
The authority’s cabinet member for education and skills, and former deputy leader, made the shock announcement just a few hours ago and stood down with immediate effect.
But speaking to the Newmarket Journal she refused to be drawn on her reasons. “I have made my decision after a lot of soul searching,” she said.”I have thoroughly enjoyed every minute of my time as a councillor and it has been an honour and a privilege to represent Newmarket, which is my home town, and the villages in my ward, but now it is time to move on.”
“I have been particularly proud of working on the Newmarket Vision.”
Cllr Chambers had been a member of the council’s cabinet for the past eight years and had also served on Forest Heath District Council representing Red Lodge.
Council leader, Cllr Colin Noble, who recently replaced Mrs Chambers as the county council’s representative on the Newmarket Vision steering group with Cllr Sarah Stamp, who represents the Hardwick division on the council, said: “I would like to thank Lisa for her hard work and dedication in her role as cabinet member for education and skills.
“I am sure that Lisa would agree with me that the most important thing is the education and welfare of children across Suffolk. The work we are doing through Raising the Bar to improve educational attainment will continue at pace. This work is already delivering across the system and I am confident that improvement will continue. Our commitment to 100 per cent of schools being good or outstanding remains a priority.”
Cllr Gordon Jones current cabinet member for children’s services has taken over the education and skills role.
No date has yet been set for a by-election.