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Controversial Candida quits council seat

PUBLISHED: 15:54 25 July 2001 | UPDATED: 10:23 03 March 2010

CONTROVERSIAL councillor Candida Snow has quit her seat on Suffolk Coastal. Mrs Snow announced that she would be standing down because she had suffered personal abuse and a vendetta from some of her constituents – but she had been expected to stay on the council until the next elections in 2003.

CONTROVERSIAL councillor Candida Snow has quit her seat on Suffolk Coastal.

Mrs Snow announced that she would be standing down because she had suffered personal abuse and a vendetta from some of her constituents – but she had been expected to stay on the council until the next elections in 2003.

She claimed she had had to put up with verbal attacks, being insulted, lied about and having her views misrepresented.

Last year she resigned from the Conservatives and became an Independent after launching a scathing attack on its "arrogant and regressive" attitude.

A Suffolk Coastal council spokesman confirmed that Mrs Snow had resigned from the district authority and moved out of the area to live in Yorkshire.

She represented the Nacton Ward and a by-election will be held to fill the seat.

Mrs Snow was elected to the council in 1999 and at that time was also a county councillor representing the Colneis ward, which included the Trimley villages, Nacton, Bucklesham, Levington, Kirton and Newbourne. She stood down from the county council at the May elections.

Mrs Snow caused a storm of controversy after she said she would be quitting council work because of the personal abuse and vendetta she had suffered from some of her constituents.

"I don't think the public realise what a councillor's life is like and especially the pressures," she said.

"I appreciate that people have differing views and views different to mine. I have tried to represent everyone as best as I can. I expected flak from the public from time to time, but when criticism becomes personal attack, abuse and vendetta it is not on."

Later Mrs Snow, who was also a Nacton parish councillor and had previously served as parish clerk, turned her attack on her Tory party colleagues and accused them on both councils of being "consumed by self-interest and the prospects of a 'cabinet' place".

n Suffolk Coastal – which comprises 35 Conservatives, ten Liberal Democrats, seven Labour and one Independent – has a second vacant seat following the death of Peter Cooper, a Conservative councillor for the Kesgrave ward. By-elections will be held for both seats on dates to be announced.

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