Welsh Labour MEP, Derek Vaughan, has today formally submitted his resignation as Councillor for the Neath North Ward on Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council.
Mr Vaughan has held the position for 15 years since first being elected in 1995 and is standing down to concentrate on his responsibilities as one of the four representatives for Wales in the European Parliament.
The by-election to elect a successor will take place on the same day as the General Election.
DEREK VAUGHAN MEP said:
"I am enormously proud to have been able to serve my local community in that time and to have helped so many people with their day-to-day problems and concerns.
I want to express my deepest, heartfelt thanks to my constituents in Neath North, my Labour Party colleagues and all those who I have worked with in Neath Port Talbot for placing their trust in me and for the opportunities they have given to me.
I hope that they will feel that I have upheld that trust and that I have worked as hard I could for the people I have represented."
As a Councillor, Mr Vaughan held a number of positions including Cabinet Member for Economic Development before being chosen as Leader of the Council in 2004. He remained in that role until standing down in 2009 to contest that year’s European Elections.
A well known figure in local government in Wales, he has also served as Leader and Deputy Leader of the Welsh Local Government Association.