A Lincolnshire county councillor who lives in Cambridgeshire has resigned following criticism about her attendance record.
Sara Cliff came under scrutiny when it was reported she had claimed £23,000 in allowances despite attending 19 meetings from a possible 52.
In a statement, she explained she was seriously ill for six months in 2010 which had affected her attendance.
She blamed “hostility in the press” for her decision not to continue.
Conservative Ms Cliff represented Lincoln East ward on Lincolnshire County Council. The ward includes the deprived Monks Road and Tower Estate areas.
She was elected in May 2009 but moved to Soham, Cambridgeshire, last July in her role as a Methodist minister.
Ms Cliff said: “I do feel that I have been misrepresented in the media and people will not be aware that I was seriously ill for six months in 2010 which impacted on the attendance record as reported.