Statement from Harlow Council
“Councillor Karen Clempner has informed me today that she has resigned as a Councillor with immediate effect. I would like to thank Karen for her service to both this Council and to Harlow while she has been a Councillor and Chair of Audit and Standards Committee.
“A notice of vacancy for Councillor for the Toddbrook Ward will be published on the Council’s website later today”.
Statement from Karen Clempner
“I have today resigned as a Councillor on Harlow District Council.
For some time the atmosphere within the Labour Group of Councillors, and within Harlow Labour Party, has been uncomfortable.
Senior councillors and others within Harlow Labour Party seem more interested in their own personal career, removing other hard working and dedicated Councillors, or keeping their head down so they don’t come to the attention of those really pulling the strings of the party in the background. The deselection of Ian Beckett, one of the hardest working councillors I have had the pleasure to know, seemed designed to be a warning to others. ‘Toe the line or get removed’. While it didn’t prevent the resignation of Waida Foreman, it seems to be working with those wanting to protect their position, or the promise of a position in the future.
Despite all of this, I had intended to continue to serve as a Councillor, representing those in my ward as best I could, and Chairing the Audit Committee, providing scrutiny of the Council’s finances, until the end of my term in May. Recent email exchanges with a Labour Cabinet member has made me questioned if I could carry on as a Labour Councillor.
I could of course have simply resigned from the Labour Group, but remained as an independent Councillor until May, but this would not have been the right thing to do, so I have resigned as a Councillor immediately.
It has been an honour to represent the residents of Toddbrook over the past four years.
“I would like to thank the hard-working staff of Harlow Council who have provided me with fantastic support as a Councillor, and in my role as Chair of the Audit Committee. I know that, despite the Labour administration being in turmoil, they will continue to work for the best interests of Harlow”.
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