The BBC reports:
This may seem rather unfair when you consider everyone was happy for Martin McGuinness to be in charge of education in Northern Ireland for many years.
A Croydon councillor has quit her cabinet post after admitting she had close ties with the Provisional IRA in the early 1970s.
A council spokesman said Conservative Maria Gatland confirmed that she is the author of To Take Arms: My Year with the Provisional IRA.
Mrs Gatland wrote the book under her maiden name, Maria McGuire.
When confronted with her past by a local schools activist, Mrs Gatland offered her resignation from cabinet.
The council spokesman said in addition to stepping down as cabinet member for children and young people, fellow councillors were urging Mrs Gatland to resign from the council.
Later: I have found a review of her book.