Shock as Harlow Council leader set to quit

Politics / Wed 12th Feb 2014 at 12:01pm

THE LEADER OF Harlow Council, Mark Wilkinson is set to quit as leader.

The announcement means the popular and hard working leader will step down after the local elections on May 22nd.

Cllr Wilkinson said:

“After a lot of careful consideration I have decided not to re-stand as Leader of the Labour Group, and therefore Leader of the Council, when my term of office expires in June. I will continue working hard as Leader until this time.

“I have been Leader of the Labour group for the last 6 years, which has been a privilege. For the last 2 years, I have had the honour of being the Leader of the Council for the town where I was born.

Whilst being the Leader of the Council is an honour, it is also a very time consuming job. I have found it increasingly difficult to balance having a full time job, my trade union activities, the important role of ward councillor for Harlow Common and trying to find time for my wonderful family.

I would like to extend my gratitude to the councillors, council officers and residents for their support over the last 6 years. It truly has been an honour to serve you as Leader.

I will continue to work hard as a local councillor for my residents in Harlow Common, and I will continue to focus on serving the residents of my ward to the best of my ability. I will always stay fully committed to the Labour group and fully support the Labour administration.

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