Islington leader Catherine West puts herself forward for Hornsey and Wood Green seat

PUBLISHED: 18:24 30 April 2013

Catherine West (left)

Catherine West (left)


Council leader Catherine West has promised she “won’t be causing a by-election” as she confirms she is hoping to stand for MP in nearby Hornsey and Wood Green.

Cllr West, who has represented Tollington Ward in Islington North since 2002 and led the council since 2010, announced this week she had put herself forward to become the prospective parliamentary candidate for the Haringey constituency ahead of the 2015 general election.

If successful, she will be trying to win the seat from current MP, the Liberal Democrat Lynne Featherstone, who has held the position since 2005.

In 2010 Ms Featherstone won 46.5 per cent of the vote. Labour won 34 per cent and came second.

Cllr West will not be stepping down in the immediate future.

She said: “It is not unusual for a council leader to pursue a parliamentary role in the months running up to an election. I certainly won’t be causing a by-election. I will seek advice from the team at the town hall, but as far as I am concerned as a council leader nothing will change.”

Things may change come the council elections next spring, were she to be successful in being made the Labour party’s candidate.

“Then I would need to think clearly about if I want to continue in Islington,” she conceded. “But at the moment I want to focus on the selection process.”

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