Former Cardiff Lord Mayor, Liberal Democrat Margaret Jones has tendered her resignation as a Cyncoed councillor, the party has announced today.
Cllr Jones has been a Cardiff councillor for almost 13 years, having served as the city's Lord Mayor in 2014 and previously as Executive Member for the Environment in 2008-2012.
Her resignation will not trigger a byelection in the ward as it is less than six months before the next full elections.
Margaret Jones said:
"I've decided to step down to move to New Zealand, in order to be closer to my daughter and grandchildren who live out there. It has been very hard having them so far away so I can’t wait to be able to see more of them!
"Stepping down as a councillor was not the easiest decision to make, but I would not be doing it were I not confident of a strong Lib Dem team in place to continue our hard work."
Cllrs Kate Lloyd and David Rees, the two other Lib Dem councillors in Cyncoed, have also announced their intentions to step down at the next election. Local Lib Dem members have selected Wendy Congreve, Bablin Molik and Jayne Lutwyche as Cyncoed candidates for May's elections.
Cardiff Liberal Democrat Leader Cllr Judith Woodman said:
"I want to thank Margaret for her years of tireless work for our city and our party. As a councillor, group whip, executive member and Lord Mayor she has served the people of Cardiff diligently and will be sorely missed.
"It is a testament to her dedication that she's continued to serve her residents by responding to casework until her very last day as a councillor. It's that very same hard work and dedication that the people of Cyncoed will continue to receive from their Lib Dem team."