Social justice campaigner Hilary Cox Condron has resigned as a Cambridgeshire councilor to prioritize her mental health amid calls for “kinder policies”.

Hillary Cox Condron has resigned as county councilwoman to prioritize her mental health and take a break from politics, it was confirmed today (Wednesday).

Hilary Cox Condron with
Hilary Cox Condron with a Shop Window Display Design at the Sustainable Fashion Festival. She has resigned from her role as a member of Cambridgeshire Council. Photo: Keith Hebel

Her colleagues said in a statement that councilors need to think more about the impact of “abusive communications and behavior in politics” on elected representatives and called for “kinder policies”.

Dame Cox-Condron represented Arbury Ward on Cambridgeshire County Council for approximately two years following her election in May 2021.

Following the recent death of Cox Condron, the Labor County Group said in a statement that it had made the decision to step down.

The statement, signed by county councilors Elisa Micheni, Neil Schiller, Jerry Bird, Richard Howitt, Alex Polat, Nick Jay, Cathy Ray and Briony Goodliffe, said: “Balancing the role of an elected politician with work and family commitments is a difficult task. As elected councillors, we need to be more open-minded And honest about the impact politics can have on mental health and work-life balance.

“We also need to think more about the impact of abusive communications and behavior in politics on some of our elected representatives who have experienced it and are all trying to be nicer in politics.

“After a recent bereavement, our friend and colleague Hillary has chosen to prioritize her mental health and take a break from politics. We fully support her in this personal decision.

Hillary has contributed a huge amount to Cambridgeshire County Council during her two years as councilor. As vice chair of the Committee on Communities, Social Mobility, and Inclusion, she has championed community wealth building and donut economy models and made sure to welcome the voices of underrepresented people, such as youth, immigrants, and refugees.

Hillary has been active in the full council debates. Her suggestions have led to, among other things, the adoption of social and economic imperative in all decision-making processes as well as a more ethical advertising policy.

“We will continue to work with Hilary as a community artist, social justice activist, and most importantly, as a friend to all of us on the set.”

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