May by-election for Newington

By Marco Cillario - Tue 22 March 2016, 5:52 pm

A by-election is to be held in the Southwark ward of Newington on 5 May 2016, following the resignation of Neil Coyle as councillor after six years.

Coyle was elected as a Labour MP for Bermondsey and Old Southwark in May 2015, after taking the seat from Liberal Democrat, Simon Hughes, who had been in the position for more than 30 years.

London SE1 community website reports that Neil Coyle, who was elected as MP for Bermondsey and Old Southwark in May 2015, resignation from the role had led to Southwark Council publishing a notice of vacancy for the role.

Coyle, confirmed as councillor for the ward in 2014 along with Maisie Anderson and Eleanor Kerskale, said in his resignation letter to council leader Peter John that the balance of parliamentary and council work left him “in a predicament" and that his ward colleagues had been left with a "disproportionate burden which a new, third councillor would be able to alleviate".  

The by-election is to be held on the same day as the poll for the mayor of London and the Greater London Assembly.