Search

Islington councillor’s MP ambitions prompt anger

19:26 18 September 2012

Islington Town Hall

Islington Town Hall

Archant

Islington’s controlling Labour group have been accused of lacking commitment to the borough as a second Cllr pursues a Parliamentary career.

Cllr Jess Asato, who currently represents St George’s Ward, was selected as the 2015 Labour Parliamentary candidate for Norwich North.

It’s not clear when she will stand down from her council role, but she will be the fifth Labour councillor to try and leave the town hall for Parliament since 2010.

Earlier this year Cllr Lucy Rigby left to fight the Lincoln seat, while Cllrs Kate Groucutt, Andy Hull and Charlynne Pullen were unsuccessful in trying to represent Cardiff, Bradford and Milton Keynes respectively.

MPs Jack Straw, Meg Hillier and Margaret Hodge have also left Islington Labour for Parliament in the past.

If Cllr Asato leaves before the Islington elections, her departure will trigger a by-election – the fourth since Labour came to power – each costing around £25,000. Theopposition Lib Dems have criticised the council for wasting money.

Cllr Terry Stacy, leader of the Lib Dems, said: “By-elections have cost £75,000 already, and Norwich is a long way to go for the residents of St George’s to see their councillor. It doesn’t show a great commitment to the borough.”

Cllr Paul Smith, deputy leader of Islington Labour group, said: “We are known as one of the best local authorities for our trailblazing policies.”

He added: “It’s no surprise they are being asked to stand as candidates for parliament by the Labour Party.”

0 comments

Latest News Stories

Yesterday, 17:00
Twitter icons

Join the London Social Media café for their October networking event tomorrow.

Yesterday, 16:27
Inside HMP Holloway in 1970 Pic: English heritage

The brutal and politically significant history of HMP Holloway is the subject of a TV programme which airs tonight.

Yesterday, 14:00
Cllr Andy Hull joins headteacher Harsha Patel, staff and pupils at Copenhagen Primary School to celebrate the school's accreditation as a Living Wage employer.

The town hall took a swipe at Arsenal’s pay conditions as it geared up for gala celebrations to mark Living Wage Week.

Yesterday, 12:29
An image of a suspect in the robbery of a Ladbrokes in Islington has been released (Picture: Metropolitan Police)

CCTV of a masked suspect wearing an Arsenal football shirt during the terrifying robbery of a Ladbrokes in Islington has been released by police.

Most read news

Looking for a holiday? We know a company that are keen to flog you a trip to the land of Kim Jong-un.

Biffo and Bobo better stay away from the town of Vendargues this Halloween.

As a state of emergency is declared in Burkina Faso, what does the future hold for its president and people?

It might not be moving very fast but it’s still causing problems.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the $m.global.archantvariables.NewspaperTitle e-edition today E-edition