The Deputy Mayor of Grantham has resigned due to ill health following a massive heart attack while on holiday last year.
Coun Mike Cook informed the Mayor, Coun Ian Selby, of his resignation in writing today. Coun Cook was taken ill a few days into a cruise in the Mediterranean in October. He spent five weeks in hospital in Barcelona followed by another two weeks in Grantham Hospital and two in Glenfield in Leicester.
Coun Cook said today he was still feeling “a bit poorly”. He said: “I have given it serious thought and it is with regret that I have resigned. I did suffer a massive heart attack and it is a long road to recovery. I want to get better.”
Coun Cook added: “I do appreciate the inconvenience this will cause for getting a new mayor elected. I just could not fulfil my duties and so it is not fair on the office of deputy itself quite apart from it being unfair on me.”
Coun Cook said he had been taken into intensive care in Barcelona where he underwent an operation. He described his care in Spain as “first class”. Only about a week before his heart attack, he had been fitted with a pacemaker.
Coun Cook said it is likely he will have to undergo further exploratory surgery at Papworth Hospital.
Mayor of Grantham Ian Selby said: “I am very sorry to receive from Coun Mike Cook his resignation as the Deputy Mayor. Mike has resigned on health grounds. He is a thoroughly decent man and I wish him a speedy recovery.”
A new deputy mayor is due to be elected on Friday at a meeting of the Charter Trustees but it is possible both the next mayor of Grantham and the deputy could be elected.