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Popular Labour councillor Shannon Jezzard decides to stand down

News / Wed 7th Oct 2020 at 11:08am

POPULAR Netteswell councillor, Shannon Jezzard (Labour) has decided not to defend her seat at next year’s local elections.

Councillor Jezzard was elected for the first time in a by-election n November 2018.

Since then cllr Jezzard has been what has been described as a “breath of fresh air” in and outside the council chamber.

Councillor Jezzard has explained why she is standing down.

Cllr Jezzard said: “I have recently informed my local CLP that I will not be re-standing in the 2021 District Council elections, and as a result, from next May I will regretfully no longer be representing the residents of Netteswell as one of their local councillors.

This is not an easy decision to make, and if the Council elections had gone ahead in May this year, had I been reelected, I would have been 100% committed to serve my four year term. However, as many people have experienced, Coronavirus has thrown up several obstacles in my personal and professional life. Like many others, I recently got made redundant, and have just this week embarked on the next stage of my career, which I really do want to take some time to focus on and develop.

I am currently private renting in Harlow, and due to a slight change in circumstances (and potential housemates), I am looking to move just out of town and up the road to sunny Hertfordshire at some point in 2021. As a result, it would not be right for me to be representing a community that I am no longer an active part of.

Harlow Labour Party has been massively supportive of me over the years, and I have found it incredibly empowering to be surrounded by so many brilliant and strong women within the movement. However, my standing down will hopefully make the way for more diverse representation in the Council Chamber.

I could not have served with a better Labour group. The Labour Party is a broad church, and being a Councillor in Harlow has not only helped me develop politically – but also help me build up a resilience I could have never dreamed of. I have learnt so much over the past couple of years, from serving on committees, to dealing with casework, to attending different services and events, I feel that the residents of Harlow, and the officers at Harlow Council have taught me an incredible amount. One thing though, that hasn’t changed, is my absolute undying love for Harlow New Town. Even though I will only be up the road, I get homesick at the thought of not walking past beautiful sculptures everyday, and seeing a lot of the same familiar faces I have seen for the past 20 odd years.

I am incredibly grateful for every opportunity the Labour Party has given me, from campaigning in several different elections, to serving as Councillor myself, to attending conferences and meeting some of the best friends I couldn’t even imagine. Whilst I have my own opinions about the best course of action for the party, I certainly won’t be leaving. I am keen to continue representing Labour, and am currently running to be Eastern representative on Young Labour’s National Committee, and it has been amazing to see how many Harlow Young Labour activists have been incredibly supportive of my campaign.

Although, saying this; Harlow Labour are not getting rid of me so soon, I’ll be around campaigning for Harlow Council to remain Labour led, as well as supporting the Harlow Labour candidates in the Essex County Council elections, and my good friend Cllr Chris Vince in his bid to be PFCC.

Who knows, maybe I’ll take it upon myself to try and turn Hertfordshire red.

I really do thank the residents who voted for me and put their trust in me to represent them back in 2018, and it has been an absolute pleasure serving them over the past couple of years. Whilst I may not miss every meeting, I will certainly miss every resident I engaged and worked with in my time as a Councillor.

“Being a young woman in politics isn’t easy at times. I have made this perfectly clear – but I would never discourage any young woman from standing up for what she believes in. I am always keen to answer any questions any young people have about getting involved in politics! It’s one of the best things I did”.

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Comments

Gary Roberts

Very sad news for the town from a young woman who had clear political principles and stood her ground fighting for them. Good luck for the future Cllr. Jezzard.

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2 Comments for Popular Labour councillor Shannon Jezzard decides to stand down:

gary roberts
2020-10-07 16:12:40

Very sad news for the town from a young woman who had clear political principles and stood her ground fighting for them. Good luck for the future Cllr. Jezzard.

Cliff Moore
2020-10-08 15:26:55

Best wishes to Shannon in whatever direction she chooses to follow.

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