Local people in Highbury West, Mildmay and St Peter’s will all have the opportunity to elect new Islington Labour councillors on 6th May after three Islington councillors decided to stand down this year, due to different personal circumstances.
Andy Hull, Joe Caluori and Vivien Cutler have decided to stand down from their roles as local councillors today (Friday 26th March) and by-elections will be held in all three wards on 6th May, the same day as the London Mayoral elections.
Andy, who has been an Islington Labour councillor in Highbury West since 2010, served on the Council Executive for six years as the Executive Member for Finance, Performance and Community Safety. Andy drove forward the Council’s fight against poverty pay, by pioneering the push for the Real Living Wage and to make councils across the country Living Wage employers, of which Islington became the first, as well as playing a lead role in developing Islington Labour’s winning 2018 manifesto.
Joe, Mildmay ward, has also been a councillor for eleven years and served on the Executive for six years as Executive Member for Children, Young People and Families. Joe is one of the leading voices nationally on the criminal exploitation of children and Young people through County Line drug networks and undertook pioneering work to tackle this issue whilst serving on the Executive.
Vivien has been an Islington Labour councillor in St Peter’s since 2018, serving as chair of Children’s Services scrutiny committee for most of her time on the council, driving forward innovative change to tackle the educational inequalities that hold too many young people back in our borough.
Cllr Kaya Comer- Schwartz, Leader of Islington Labour Group, said
“Andy, Joe and Vivien have been fantastic community champions and will be sadly missed by local people across the borough.
“They represent the very best of Labour in Local Government and between them, can be proud of the difference they have made for local people in Islington.
“I want to wish Andy, Joe and Vivien the very best for their futures, and thank them for their commitment and public service”
Details of by-elections will announced by Islington Council.
To vote early and from the comfort of your own home, register here to sign up for a postal vote so you can vote on 6th May.