Resigned from Cabinet

As there will be some speculation as to the reasons for my resignation from the Cabinet of Harlow District Council, I need to put the record straight.

I have resigned as a member of Cabinet on a point of principle, due to my unhappiness at the manner in which the termination of the Contract between Harlow Council and Harlow Welfare Rights and Advice was handled, and the role that I personally played in that. I am unfortunately unable to elaborate further at this time.

While I feel I made good progress in a number of areas in my short time as Portfolio Holder for Environment, there is still much to do. It is this, that I will not be able to drive forward these issues that are of vital importance to the people of Harlow, that is the cause for my greatest regret. I wish whoever takes over as Portfolio Holder well, in what is a challenging and rewarding role. I know that he or she will receive the same professional support from the appropriate Heads of Service and their teams as I did.

I will be remaining as a Councillor for the ward in which I live, and will continue to stand up for residents concerns to the best of my ability, and try to play my part in making Harlow a better place to live, work, and play.

There will be more on some of the specific campaigns I will be running with, including the Living Wage, in the near future.

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