DALTON Labour councillor Angela Ellam has quit Kirklees Council.
She announced her resignation from the council “for personal and family reasons”.
Clr Ellam, of North Road, Kirkburton, has been a councillor for four years.
Her term of office was due to expire in May 2010.
She last stood in May 2006 and saw off the challenge of the Liberal Democrats with a slim majority of 175.
She said today: “It is with enormous regret that I have decided to stand down from the council with immediate effect.
“Due to personal circumstances I am not able devote the time necessary to fulfil my role as a councillor as effectively as I believe it requires. To do the job properly requires a huge commitment of energy and time.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed serving the people of Dalton for the last four years. I hope I have made an impact and contribution to improving services within the Dalton area, representing the interests of residents, tackling their concerns, and repaying the support I have had from them in electing me as their councillor.
“In addition, I would like to thank my councillor colleagues, council
officers, and everyone with whom I have worked, for all the support they have given me for the last four years.”
It is expected a by-election will take place within the next few weeks.