Sean Coughlan stands down as Walsall Labour group leader

By Jack Averty | Walsall | Politics | Published:

Sean Coughlan has tonight stepped down as the leader of Walsall's Labour group.

Sean Coughlan became a Walsall councillor in 1995

The Willenhall South councillor, who was first elected in 1995 and twice became leader of Walsall Council, has decided to step down from his role due to ill health.

Councillor Coughlan had been suffering from mental health problems and he has made the decision based on medical advice, the Labour party said.

Councillor Lee Jeavons, the deputy leader of Walsall's Labour group, said: "Our thoughts first and foremost are with Sean.

"We thank him for his dedicated service and all of us at Walsall Labour wish him well in his recovery.

“The strain of public service should not be underestimated and this serves as a reminder of just how much pressure elected members are under at every level of government."

Jack Averty

By Jack Averty
Senior Reporter - @javerty_star

Reporter with the Express & Star, based at head office in Wolverhampton

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