|Controversial By-Election In Southfields|
Cllr resigns claiming she was refused old job back after depression
A by-election is to take place in the Southfields ward on Thursday 29 March to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Cllr Lucy Allan.
The article said that Ms Allan 'agreed to take unpaid leave from her role on Wandsworth Council in March and said it was understood she could return. Her position as chairman of the environment and leisure scrutiny committee and the transport and strategic planning overview committee was taken by other councillors. She returned to the council in October ready to take on her former responsibilities.'
In a meeting with council leader Councillor Ravi Govindia in February she asked if she could rejoin a committee, but said she was refused.
“I said I was keen to re-establish my role and wanted to get back into that position. I said what are your plans for me to do that? He was very clear cut, he said it was not a possibility because he and my colleagues did not have confidence in me. I thought that was quite unusual, because even the most junior councillors get to sit on a committee of some sort – it sent out the message that perhaps I was mentally unfit.”'
If you live in the Southfields ward and intend to vote in this by-election there is still time to make sure your name is on the electoral register.
People born in this country, along with citizens of qualifying Commonwealth countries, plus those from the European Union and British overseas territories are all eligible to vote.
To cast your ballot, you must ensure you are registered to vote by midnight on Wednesday 14 March. There is also a 5pm deadline that day for people wanting to request a postal vote.
Poll cards for the by-election will be delivered to all eligible voters between Friday 24 February and Sunday 26 February.
February 15, 2012