Schools leader resigns from council roles

John Jones has stepped down from Blackpool Council

John Jones has stepped down from Blackpool Council

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A Blackpool Labour councillor has resigned in a move which will spark a by-election in the town.

John Jones has stood down from his role representing Bloomfield ward after leaving his position in the cabinet.

A statement released by Blackpool Council says: “Coun Simon Blackburn, leader of Blackpool Council, today confirmed that John Jones has left his position as cabinet member for school improvement and children’s safeguarding.

“Mr Jones has subsequently formally resigned as the councillor for Bloomfield ward, for personal and family reasons.

“Coun Blackburn has thanked Mr Jones for his diligence and commitment to his work and to the council, and has wished him well for the future.”

Former hotelier Mr Jones was elected to represent Bloomfield at a by-election in May 2012 following the death of former councillor Mary Smith. He was quickly promoted to a role as cabinet member for highways and roads.

In this job, he set up the council’s highways forum in order to hold better consultation with businesses and residents over any road changes which might affect them.

Mr Jones was in charge of roads during the £4m upgrade of Yeadon Way before moving over to the schools portfolio.

As a result of Mr Jones’ decision to step down, a cabinet reshuffle will see Coun Eddie Collett take on the school improvement and children’s safeguarding role, while Ingthorpe councillor, Amy Cross returns to the cabinet as portfolio holder for Reducing Health Inequalities and Adult Safeguarding. Details of the by-election for Bloomfield will be revealed in due course.