Bristol Lib Dem councillor resigns due to ill health

Jacqueline Bowles Jacqueline Bowles was elected to the Southmead seat in June 2009

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Bristol councillor Jacqueline Bowles is to resign her seat with immediate effect because of ill health.

The Southmead ward councillor and member of the Liberal Democrats has been unwell and now feels unable to continue in the role.

She was elected in June 2009 when she unseated Labour councillor Peter Hammond in the same ward.

Ms Bowles said it had been a privilege to represent Southmead residents and she had done her best for them.

Barbara Janke, leader of Bristol City Council and leader of the Liberal Democrat group, said: "Jackie has been a conscientious councillor, committed to the causes and principles she believes in and the people of Southmead.

"We understand but deeply regret her decision to resign following a long period of illness and we all wish her every happiness and complete recovery in the months and years to come."

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