Eastbourne MP Caroline Ansell’s chief of staff has announced he is stepping down from his role.
Ian Lucas, former leader of Eastbourne Borough Council, has said he believes his work in politics is done for the time being.
In a statement he said, “For nearly 20 years I’ve had a burning urge to be involved in the politics of my beautiful home town of Eastbourne.
“At different times, I’ve sought to compliment, criticise, bring vision, lead, serve, support, be pragmatic and compromise where needed.
“I have seen both success and failure. However lately, and for various reasons, I’m now clear that my work in this regard is done – perhaps not forever, but certainly for now.
“As such I am standing down from my position with our outstanding MP Caroline Ansell in a couple of weeks, and launching a start-up in March which I am very excited about – and which I will post details about shortly!”
Mrs Ansell said, “It has been brilliant to work with Ian these last years and he has played a significant role in establishing my office and the team in Eastbourne and Westminster.
“I am very sorry to see him go but I understand completely that new ventures call.
“I hope he won’t be a stranger to politics as he has a wealth of experience and, because he is a principled man who always wants the best for our town.”