Pair quit roles as councillors

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A councillor who campaigned for residents on issues including introducing a match-day parking ban in Deepdale has resigned.

Taalib Shamsuddin said he has stood down from representing the St George’s ward on Preston Council due to work commitments. He is employed by an IT firm and said his workload has increased as technology advances. Mr Shamsuddin said: “It’s difficult doing a day job and being a councillor. It’s like having two full-time jobs. I’ve been struggling with it.”

Speaking of his job as an IT specialist at CSC, Preston Technology ParK, he said: “It’s quite demanding and it takes up a lot of time keeping up with technology.”

Mr Shamsuddin has been a Labour councillor for six years and his seat will be filled at the local elections on May 3.

He added: “I’ve stepped down two years ahead of my time. It’s mixed feelings, I wish I could do it full time and still pay the bills, then I would do it.”

Kate Calder has also resigned from the Preston Rural North Conservative seat but was unavailable for comment.