Lambeth councilor Jane Edbrooke has quit following her appointment to a “politically restricted” but unspecified post.
She announced her resignation on medium.com and via her own Twitter feed.
Edbrooke, who became chief whip following the May council elections, was previously cabinet member for neighbourhoods when she told a council meeting in November 2015 in response to a question about the Carnegie library Herne Hill:
“As agreed at cabinet, officers and I will work with the Carnegie Community Trust to develop a workable proposal.”*
Jane Edbrooke’s Twitter post says:
I wanted to let you know that I have sadly resigned as a councillor. This is due to taking up a new job that is politically restricted so I cannot continue to be a councillor.
I want to apologise to the people of Thornton ward and Thornton Labour party. I had every intention of serving as your councillor for four years but since then I have unexpectedly received a career opportunity that would not allow me to stay as a councillor. After great thought and reflection I feel I can’t pass up this opportunity. I did not take this decision lightly and I want to apologise for letting you down.
I am proud of my time as a Lambeth Councillor and Cllr Lib Peck, as leader of the council, and Lambeth Labour Councillors still have my full support and admiration. Ed (Davie) and Lib are excellent local councillors in Thornton and I have enjoyed working with them immensely.
I have lived in Thornton ward for eight years and it is where I am proud to bring up my family. I hope to continue to use the invaluable skills I’ve learnt as a councillor to continue to be an active and engaged resident working to keep Thornton a great place to live.
ON SOCIAL MEDIA:
Council Data UK @CouncilDataUK 19 Dec 2018
LAMBETH: Cllr Jane Edbrooke (Thornton, LAB) has resigned from the council to take up a restricted role. A by-election will take place. http://opencouncildata.co.uk/council.php?c=247&y=2018 …
PeoplesAudit 22 Dec 2018 Retweeted Council Data UK
So 7 months after being elected, taxpayers will have to stump up the money for a by-election so a councillor can follow “a career opportunity” #toughchoices @defendtheten
*Further reading: “WE WILL WORK WITH OUR LABOUR CHUMS” – EDBROOKE
Lambeth’s own minutes of the cabinet meeting state:
The Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, Cllr Jim Dickson (Lab, Herne Hill), further requested that assurances around Carnegie libraries be added as an amendment to the report:
- That GLL will be instructed to work in partnership with local people to develop a community hub and library;
- That the final decision of mix of uses of the building will be taken in full consultation;
- That Council will consider introducing an earlier break clause than the current seven years;
- That closure of building for improvements or changes will be kept to a minimum.