Following the announcement he will be stepping down as leader of the council, Jason Kitcat has revealed he will be leaving politics entirely.

Councillor Kitcat, Green member for Regency ward, announced he will not be standing in the council elections next year and will be standing down as leader of Brighton and Hove City Council

In a statement on his blog, Councillor Kitcat revealed he never intended to stand for a second term as leader and had been planning to stand down since his re-election in 2011.

He added he intends to no longer be involved in active politics but instead focus on other forms of public service.

Councillor Kitcat said on his blog: "In 2010 as a family we agreed that, if re-selected for the 2011 council elections, this would be my last term on the council, and so it will be.

“It has been a huge honour and privilege to serve the residents of Regency ward since 2007, it’s a wonderful area to represent. To have been able to serve my second term as a councillor in administration, leading our city, has also been an immense honour.

"In dealing with the challenges we’ve faced, I’ve done all I can to contribute positively to our city for the benefit of all who live, work and visit here. I’m proud of what we’ve been able to achieve as a Green administration that I have led since 2012.

"However at this stage in my life I am ready for a new challenge. I won’t be pursuing active politics any longer but do want to continue public service in some way. I have no firm plans as yet and intend to continue in my current role until the council term ends as there’s lots still to do.

"This has been my decision, taken with my family.

"My passion for our city is undiminished and I wish all those involved with continuing to support our city’s wellbeing the very best. You have my support and admiration."