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Conservative councillor confirms he will not stand at next Town Hall elections

Five Conservative councillors have not put their name up for next year's local elections

09 February, 2017 — By Richard Osley

Tom Currie with fellow councillors Leila Roy and Claire-Louise Leyland

CONSERVATIVE councillor Tom Currie has confirmed he will not stand again at next year’s Town Hall elections due to private work commitments. He has held a seat in the strong Tory ward of Hampstead Town since 2014.

Cllr Currie said his work had moved to Potters Bar making it hard to get back to the Town Hall and meetings in Hampstead in time for evening sessions. He said: “I’ve met some fantastic and wonderful people during my time as a councillor, and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the position. But I don’t think it’s fair to the residents of Hampstead that I commit to a further four years when I already have reservations of my future availability, especially as after May 2018 I am considering relocating a bit further north out of the borough to be closer to work and to find a home that’s a bit more affordable than central London.”

Other Tories not standing again are Andrew Marshall, Andrew Mennear, Roger Freeman and Jonny Bucknell, the latter being deselected in Belsize ward.

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