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By-election: Resigning councillor says she has been priced out of Camden

Maeve McCormack said she had been faced with 'really tough choice'

14 March, 2017 — By Richard Osley

Maeve McCormack was first elected to the council in 2013

VOTERS in Gospel Oak are set to go to the polls after a Labour councillor resigned, telling colleagues that she could no longer afford to live in Camden.

Maeve McCormack said last night (Monday): “I’ve had to make a really tough choice between what I love doing and where I can afford to live now and in the future. Sadly the ongoing housing crisis affects councillors too, and high prices have now forced me to move out of Camden to live elsewhere.”

She added: “I will always be proud to have been a member of Camden Labour group, which continues to deliver for Camden residents despite financial constraints. Gospel Oak has benefited hugely from the commitment of councillors across Labour group — it’s thanks to my, now former, colleagues that we have been able to deliver much needed new homes, investment in local schools and much more. I know that work will continue.”

The ward has been held by three Labour councillors since 2010. The Conservatives are expected to name Marx De Morais as their candidate. Camden’s boroughwide council elections are in May 2018.

 

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