HUSBAND-and wife councillors for Rugby’s Dunsmore Ward have resigned for health reasons.
Conservative Councillors Deepah and Howard Roberts have left their roles at Rugby Borough Council and Warwickshire County Council due to Howard’s ill health.
The couple felt the decision to step down and concentrate on Howard’s health was in everyone’s best interests, as Howard has been having treatment for an ongoing health condition and Deepah is now his full-time carer.
Howard was first elected to the Dunsmore ward in 2008 and Deepah in 2014, having also served on Dunchurch Parish Council. Howard has served as the County Councillor for Dunsmore and Leam Valley since 2013.
A spokesperson for Kenilworth and Southam Conservative Association said: “They were both proud to have served Dunsmore for so many years and are still passionate about having a wonderful area. However, Howard’s situation obviously has to be a priority for both of them.
“Kenilworth and Southam Conservative Association would like to thank Howard and Deepah for their many years of service to the residents of Dunsmore and Leam Valley.
“We wish them all the best with their ongoing situation, and fully understand their decision to stand down.
“We already have candidates in place to contest the roles that are being vacated and know that these candidates will bring the right mix of experience and enthusiasm.”