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Five by-elections as more Labour councillors step down

Latest resignations will mean vote in ward where controversial Low Traffic Neighbour­hood scheme has sparked a war of words

02 April, 2021 — By Calum Fraser

Cllr Andy Hull (right), pictured with Islington Council leader Richard Watts

FIVE council by-elections are due to be held in Islington next month after more Labour councillors announced their resignations this week.

Islington’s former finance chief, Councillor Andy Hull, released a statement on Friday saying he was stepping down after more than a decade at the Town Hall as he prepares to move to Morocco.

It means a by-election will be held in his Highbury West seat where the roll-out of a Low Traffic Neighbour­hood (LTN) scheme has sparked a war of words.

Two other Labour councillors, Joe Caluori in Mildmay ward and Vivien Cutler in St Peter’s, joined Cllr Hull in stepping down on Friday, while by-elections had already been set up in Holloway and Bunhill after Paul Smith and Claudia Webbe announced they were leaving. Ms Webbe was elected as an MP in Leicester East in 2019.

The votes will coincide with the London mayoral and City Hall elections.

Cllr Hull, who set the council’s budget for seven years, said in his statement: “The sole reason for my decision is that my family is now in the process of moving to Morocco.

“It has been a pleasure to live in Islington for the past 20 years and a privilege to spend 11 of them serving the 235,000 people who live in these six special square miles of north London.”

Election day is May 6.

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