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Resignation of Sonia Winifred

A by-election will take place in Knight’s Hill ward following the resignation of Labour councillor Sonia Winifred.

She stood down after being alerted to the fact that her employment as a teaching assistant for special needs children at Clapham Manor School contravened election rules.
 
The rules state that council employees are not eligible to stand for election or hold office as a member of a local authority. She has now left her employment with the school and it is her intention to contest the by-election.

Sonia Winifred said:

"I am sorry that this innocent but silly mistake means that I have had to resign as a councillor. At no time since being selected have I tried to conceal that I was a teaching assistant - I even put it on my election leaflets.

"I have now left my post as a teaching assistant and it is my intention to seek re-election. It was an honour to be elected by the people of Knight's Hill and I want to continue working hard on their behalf."

 

Sonia Winifred's resignation letter to Derrick Anderson, Chief Executive of Lambeth Council:

Dear Derrick,

I am writing to inform you of my resignation as councillor for Knight’s Hill ward with immediate effect.  

When I stood for election I was not aware that my employment as a teaching assistant for special needs children at Clapham Manor school disqualified me from doing so.

I am sorry that this innocent but silly mistake means I have to resign. I did seek advice – but not at the right level. I have never concealed the fact I was a teaching assistant – indeed I even said so on my election leaflets.

I have now left my employment at Clapham Manor school so that I can seek re-election at the forthcoming by-election. It was an honour to be elected by the people of Knight’s Hill and I sincerely hope to be re-elected so I can continue to work hard on their behalf.  

Yours sincerely,

Sonia Winifred

 

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