ANDREW Dismore, Labour’s London Assembly member for Camden and Barnet, has announced he will not seek another term at the 2020 City Hall elections. The former MP, famous in local circles for his red campaigning anorak worn during doorknocking, has written to members this afternoon:
I have today notified London Region that I shall not be seeking reselection for the 2020 Assembly elections.
It has been a privilege to work with you (and of course an excellent Labour Council) and to represent Labour over the years, to have been involved in so many campaigns, and to have been able to help so many constituents with their concerns and problems.
In 2012, winning Barnet and Camden’s London Assembly seat for Labour for the first time enabled me to expose Boris Johnson’s many shortcomings, fighting his cuts especially to the fire brigade and police. Winning for a second time meant I could at last back a Labour Mayor of London in supporting our services, building new homes, and taking on the battle over Brexit.
However, after almost 40 years in elected politics as a Labour Party councillor, MP and now Assembly Member, it feels the time is right to stand down at the May 2020 London elections. My decision is not on political but personal grounds. After so long a time in front line politics, I would like to help and encourage someone else to have the opportunity of representing the people of Barnet and Camden.
Needless to say, I will continue to serve the two boroughs for the remainder of my term of office. I will also do all I can to support Labour’s new candidate for the 2020 Assembly election to retain the seat for Labour and to re-elect Sadiq as Mayor.
London Assembly Member for Barnet and Camden