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Former leadership candidate Sally Gimson to stand down from Town Hall

Highgate councillor to 'concentrate on other things' after two terms on the council

17 August, 2017 — By Richard Osley

FORMER cabinet councillor and Camden Council leadership candidate Sally Gimson told Labour Party colleagues that she will not seek a third term at the Town Hall.

The backbencher, who holds one of Labour’s two seats in Highgate, will step down ahead of next May’s council elections. The party will be choosing candidates for the elections over the next two months.

Cllr Gimson challenged Sarah Hayward for the leadership of the council last year, pledging a more collegiate working set up with backbench councillors and other boroughs. She lost an internal vote against Cllr Hayward at the party’s annual general meeting, however. Cllr Hayward then stepped down 12 months later and was replaced by current leader Georgia Gould.

In a message to Labour members in Highgate, Cllr Gimson said today: “After serving almost two terms, I want to concentrate on other things, on a national, as well as a local level. I am going to continue my work for Index on Censorship on free speech, and campaigning for more recognition and justice for refugees, like those we met in Calais. And I look forward to writing about, and leading other social justice and political projects.”

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