Labour councillor for South Portslade, Les Hamilton, has announced he will be standing down as a councillor from today (Wednesday 22 November), after a lifetime of dedicated service to the city.
Councillor Bella Sankey, Leader of Brighton & Hove Council, said: “I would like to thank Les for his contribution to civic life in our city over the last 52 years and to the Labour Party.
“Les has been a stalwart campaigner for Portslade over many years and has made a huge contribution to the city as a councillor, committee member and Mayor.”
Councillor Hamilton said: “It has been a tremendous honour to be able to make a difference for local people.
"Over the last 52 years, I’ve served as a councillor under Portslade Urban District Council, Hove Borough Council and Brighton & Hove City Council.
“I was part of the first Labour Administration on Hove Council in the 1990s and was proud to serve as Mayor.
“As residents in my ward will know, I am a staunch champion of Portslade, where I have lived for over 75 years.
'Time to slow down'
“Age has now caught up with me and tells me it’s time to slow down and give up being a councillor.
“I thank everyone who has voted for me and supported me.
'Please respect my privacy'
"I hope people will respect my privacy and give me space to deal with these changes after a lifetime of service to the city.”
The council’s Returning Officer will set a date for a by-election which is expected to be sometime in January.