Brighton & Hove city councillor resigns with immediate effect

Caroline Penn, who represented the Labour and Cooperative Party in the Hollingdean and Stanmer ward, yesterday resigned from her role on the city council.

Ms Penn served as the 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 where she chaired the Pensions Panel.

She also became deputy chair of the council’s Children, Young People and Skills Committee.

The councillor vacancy will not be filled until May 2019 when the city-wide elections are held.

Cllr Dan Yates, Leader of Brighton & Hove City Council last night praised Caroline for her dynamic approach and energies. He 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 with 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 councillor and her efforts will be long remembered.”