Jason Kitcat, Leader of Brighton & Hove City Council (the only Green run council in the country) has announced his intentions to stand down from public office.
Writing on his personal blog Kitcat said:
“In 2010 as a family we agreed that, if re-selected for the 2011 council elections, this would be my last term on the council, and so it will be.”
Kitcat has lead the council through a turbulent time. A fellow Green Cllr was quoted in The Guardian as saying:
“Jason Kitcat’s policies have time and again betrayed working people, city residents – and the electoral interests of the Green Party of England and Wales.”
Others however will remember his time in office as that which saw 500 empty homes bought back into public use and 400 affordable homes built, 20 mph limits introduced in residential areas in the city centre, and some of the best school exam results the city has ever seen.
Either way, Kitcat is a likable figure head for The Green Party in Brighton. But, after seeing how Kitcat has been dragged through the media mud and attacked from within his own party, one wonders who will be willing to take over from him?