Southampton City Council environment and transport boss Asa Thorpe stands down

Cllr Thorpe has resigned from the cabinet due to

Cllr Thorpe has resigned from the cabinet due to "increased work pressures"

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SOUTHAMPTON City Council's environment and transport boss has stepped down.

Asa Thorpe has resigned with immediate effect as a cabinet member due to “increased work pressures” in his job at Hampshire Constabulary.

The 32-year-old, who has been in the cabinet since Labour won power last May, will remain as a councillor for Millbrook.

His departure has sparked a reshuffle of leader Simon Letts' cabinet, with Jacqui Rayment taking on Cllr Thorpe's portfolio.

Her communities and change post will now be divided among two newly-promoted councillors.

Satvir Kaur - who is also standing to succeed John Denham as Labour's parliamentary candidate for Southampton Itchen in 2015 - will take on the communities role while Sholing councillor Dan Jeffery will take on change.

Both councillors will only draw half of the current cabinet members' allowance of £9,779, meaning the change will not mean an extra cost to the cash-strapped council.

Cllr Letts, said: “I would like to thank Cllr Thorpe for the commitment and hard work he has put into his role on behalf of the city during what has been - and remains - a very challenging time for the council.

“I'd also like to welcome Cllr Kaur and Cllr Jeffery to the cabinet. They are both very dedicated and energetic, and have a lot to offer Southampton.

“Having two members sharing a portfolio area is a new approach for this council and I am confident that they will do a fantastic job.”

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