Cllr Kumail Jaffer has reluctantly tendered his resignation as a Hertsmere Borough Councillor for the Borehamwood Kenilworth Ward.
Said Kumail: “It’s been an absolute privilege to serve the people of Kenilworth and unfortunately, the travel demands of my new job will make it difficult to continue serving the people of the ward effectively.”
As a talented young political journalist, Cllr Jaffer is one of two students selected from across the country to have won a Stephen Lawrence Scholarship. This prestigious programme is designed to help those from under-represented ethnic minorities and deprived backgrounds break into national journalism. Part of the scheme involves a placement with the Daily Mail, and rather than being close to Hertsmere, Kumail was unexpectedly assigned to Glasgow to cover Scottish issues.
Hertsmere Labour Group Whip, Cllr Richard Butler said “It has been mutually agreed that local residents deserve a councillor who is easily accessible to them in person and engaged with the local area on a daily basis. Unlike some other parties we do not want our councillors to operate at a distance. We thank him for his contribution.”
Whilst a councillor, Kumail has been involved in many local campaigns and community groups as well as making an impact in the chamber. He has worked closely with other Labour councillors on issues relating to parking, lorries and unsociable behaviour.
Hertsmere Labour will be calling for a by-election at the earliest possible opportunity to ensure that residents in the Kenilworth Ward remain fully represented. They will field a local candidate who will continue to work hard for local people and who will protect the interests of those who live there. In the meantime, Cllr Rebecca Butler, as Labour’s other councillor in that ward, will be taking over Cllr Jaffer’s casework to ensure residents continue to receive assistance.
Continued Kumail: “I have enjoyed a productive 2019 on the council, where I have spoken out against the Tory record on homelessness and the state of local democracy. When it comes to local issues, Labour councillors have consistently proved to be proactive, caring and honourable. I urge the good people of Kenilworth to keep this seat a Labour one by electing a Labour successor to me.”