BARNSLEY Council’s deputy leader will step away from politics and will not stand for re-election, it was announced this week.

Coun Chris Lamb, who has represented the Rockingham ward for 12 years, will stand down from his roles in May.

Labour candidate Jane Townsend has been selected to contest the ward in Coun Lamb’s place.

He told the Chronicle: “Recent family health issues and the sudden death of my very close friend, Jim Andrews (former councillor and deputy leader), has reminded me that we only get one go at this thing called life.

“It has been a great privilege and pleasure to represent the people of Rockingham and I would like to thank residents for their support and kindness over the years.”