Matt Follett the Green Councillor for Hanover and Elm Grove Ward has announced his resignation, citing he is leaving the city to live with his family in another part of the country as the reason for his stepping down. His resignation was handed to the council’s Chief Executive yesterday morning, to take effect immediately and creating a vacancy in his Hanover and Elm Grove Ward.
A by-election will be announced in due course.
“I will be stepping down from Brighton & Hove City Council on 24th May as I am to moving to live with my family in another part of the country. I do not consider it ethical nor logistically possible to live outside the council boundary and adequately serve city residents. I am sad to be leaving and wish the council leadership every success in their endeavours for Brighton and Hove. The Green Party is fortunate to have such a diligent group leader in Jason Kitcat. I’d also like to thank my Hanover councillor colleagues Bill Randall and Liz Wakefield for their team-working approach over the last two years.”
Convenor of the Green Group, Cllr Jason Kitcat said:
“I wish Matt and his family all the very best for the future. I want to thank him for his hard work serving the residents of Hanover and Elm Grove ward over the past two years and especially for his huge role in the introduction of city wide 20mph speed limits.”
Rob Shepherd, Chair of Brighton & Hove Green Party, added:
“Matt’s decision to stand down today was made several days ago and his resignation letter was written before any events associated with yesterday’s council leadership confirmation came to light. There is no relationship between Matt’s resignation and the recently publicised Twitter conversation between a Green councillor and a Labour councillor.”
“The Brighton & Hove Green Party is now selecting its candidate, whose name will be published in the near future.
“I would like to thank Matt for all his work as a councillor on behalf of the party and on behalf of residents in Hanover & Elm Grove, and I wish him well for the future.”