MAEVE McCormack has told the Labour group in Camden that “the ongoing housing crisis affects councillors too”, that she’s moved out of this pricey borough and… is standing down as a councillor in Gospel Oak. She won a by-election there in 2013.
Here’s her email to group sent this afternoon:
I’m emailing to let you all know that it is with deep regret that I have decided to stand down as a councillor. Sadly the ongoing housing crisis affects councillors too, and high prices have now forced me to move out of Camden to live elsewhere.
I’ve had to make a really tough choice between what I love doing and where I can afford to live now and in the future.
It has been a real privilege to serve the residents of Gospel Oak as their councillor, and I know they will be in safe hands with my ward colleagues Larraine and Theo, who I have greatly enjoyed working with over the last four years. In that time, I’ve been really proud of the work which, as Camden Labour, we’ve delivered for Gospel Oak – new council homes in Bacton, major redevelopment at St Dominic’s, Carlton and Gospel Oak primary schools and inmore.
My resignation will be formalised later today. Before then I wanted to thank all of you for all of your support over the last four years – I will always be proud to have been a member of Camden Labour group, which continues to deliver for Camden residents despite financial constraints. Gospel Oak has benefited hugely from the commitment of councillors across Labour group – it’s thanks to all of you that we have been able to deliver much needed new homes, investment in local schools and much more. I know that work will continue.
With thanks, and best wishes,