3 more by-elections to be held in Islington as crop of Labour councillors resign

Councillors Andy Hull, Joe Caluori and Vivien Cutler step down

Friday, 26th March 2021 — By Calum Fraser

Council leader Richard Watts and finance chief Andy Hull

Cllr Andy Hull (right) with council leader Cllr Richard Watts

THREE more council by-elections are due to be held in Islington in May after a trio of Labour councillors announced their resignations today.

Islington’s former finance chief Cllr Andy Hull released a statement this afternoon saying he was stepping down after more than a decade in the Town Hall as he prepares to move to Morocco.

This means a by-election will be held in his Highbury West seat where the roll out of a Low Traffic Neighbourhood (LTN) scheme has sparked a bitter battle of words in the ward.

Cllr Hull set the council’s budget as the finance chief for seven years.

He was joined today in stepping down from he council by Cllr Joe Caluori (Mildmay) and Cllr Vivien Cutler (St Peter’s).

Cllr Hull said in his statement: “The sole reason for my decision is that my family is now in the process of moving to Morocco.”

He added: “It has been a pleasure to live in Islington for the past 20 years and a privilege to spend 11 of them serving the 235,000 people who live in these six special square miles of north London.”

Cllr Caluori, who served as education chief for six years, said: “Politics is a team sport. Anything I’ve achieved is due to working with amazing people; councillors, officers, young people, community groups, too many to name individually! It’s also been tough as a parent of young children – pulled three ways between family, politics & work.”

The by-elections will be held on May 6.

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