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Former Islington town hall environment chief steps down

By-election triggered in Holloway ward

11 January, 2021 — By Calum Fraser

Cllr Paul Smith 

A by-election has been triggered after the Town Hall’s former environment chief stepped down as a councillor.

Holloway Ward councillor Paul Smith announced his resignation on Friday with a by-election to take place for his seat.

Cllr Smith has served the ward for 14 years, since 2006, when he was deputy leader of the Labour Group.

When the Liberal Democrat’s were toppled in 2010, Cllr Smith was handed the environment and transport brief at the Town Hall.

He said: “It’s been an enormous privilege to serve the people of Holloway ward for the last 14 years, and make a difference on the issues that matter most to local people.

“However, the time is right for me to move on to a new challenge and allow someone else to serve as the new councillor for the fantastic community in Holloway ward.”

Town hall leader Cllr Richard Watts said: “Paul’s energy and commitment to fairness will be greatly missed, but I wish Paul all the best in his future.”

The by-election is scheduled to take place on the same day as the London Mayor and Greater London Assembly elections, Thursday May 6.

A separate by-election is set to take place in Bunhill after Cllr Claudia Webbe won a seat in parliament as MP for Leicester East in 2019 and announced that she would step down.

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