Absent Lincolnshire councillor who claimed £23k steps down
A county councillor who claimed £23,000 in allowances over three years despite attending just 19 council meetings, has resigned.
Conservative Sara Cliff represented Lincoln East, which covers Monks Road and the Tower Estate, for three years after she was elected in May, 2009.
The Echo exclusively revealed this week how Ms Cliff attended just 19 from a possible 52 meetings of Lincolnshire County Council and moved 119 miles away to Soham to become a Methodist minister last year.
In 2011, she sat in on just one committee meeting.
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In a statement to the Echo, Ms Cliff said: "I have taken the decision to resign my position from the county council.
"While I did feel willing and able to carry on representing the people of Lincoln East, in view of the unwarranted hostility in the press, I am clear that this action is in the best interests of the Methodist church, the county council and my own family.
"As a matter of record I have awarded my Big Society Fund to St Barnabas to help support the excellent services they provide."