Former mayor to step down after 27 years in politics

Maureen Charlesworth in the 2012 council elections.   ENGSUS00120120405081559
Maureen Charlesworth in the 2012 council elections. ENGSUS00120120405081559

Long-standing Conservative councillor and former Hastings mayor Maureen Charlesworth has announced her intention to retire from the council at the elections in May.

Cllr Charlesworth currently represents Maze Hill Ward at Hastings Borough Council and has done since 2002.

Maureen served Hastings and St Leonards as mayor for four years between 2006 and 2010 as well as being deputy mayor for two years from 2004 to 2006.

“It has been an honour and privilege to serve the people of Hastings and St Leonards,” she said.

“I will miss all of my fellow Conservative councillors but will continue to work with and represent the many charities I support.”

Maureen and her family moved to St Leonards in 1959, where she quickly became a stalwart of the Young Conservatives.

After working in branches of Lloyds Bank for many years, Maureen and her late husband Terry became hoteliers of the Yelton and Mayfair hotels for nine and 18 years respectively.

Cllr Charlesworth first enjoyed electoral success in 1989 by being elected to St Helens Ward in a hotly fought by-election.

She also represented Central St Leonards for four years from 1993 to 1997.

Fellow Tory councillor for Maze Hill Rob Lee said she has been a hard-working champion for many charities and associations including Emmanus, SAFE, The Royal British Legion, SSAFA, the Hoteliers Association and is currently president of Hastings Week.

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