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London Assembly member Jennette Arnold to step down

STEPPING DOWN: Jennette Arnold

LONDON ASSEMBLY member Jennette Arnold has announced that she will be stepping down from her role representing Hackney, Islington and Waltham Forest.

In a statement released today following the announcement at yesterday’s Mayor of London Question Time, Arnold, said that she would not be seeking re-selection as a candidate in the 2020 elections.

The Labour and Party Co-op politician said: “All good things come to an end. So, I am writing to let you know that I will not be seeking re-selection as a candidate in the 2020 elections for the London Assembly.”

Arnold, a former nurse and councillor, hasn’t given details of what she plans to do once she steps down but she said she felt the time was right to “move on and to see other challenges”.

In her statement she reflected on some of the projects and achievements she’s been proud to be a part of.

“I have been delighted to have contributed to bringing the 2012 Olympics to London; introducing nationally, legislation to control smoking in public places; establishing local accountability for the work of the Metropolitan Police Service; being an active champion on women’s issues especially FGM, modern slavery and domestic violence. Campaigning alongside anti-fascist and anti-extremist organisations such as Hope not Hate, Justice for Kurdistan, and my trade union - GMB. And over the past five years ensuring improved provision for SEND children and young people becomes a key priority for London,” she said.

Arnold’s departure will come after almost 20 years after she first began working in the London Assembly, where she started as a list member in 2000.

The current deputy chair, Arnold has served five years as chair of the assembly.

She said: “I have tried to be a champion for younger people, opening up City Hall to them and mentoring young people especially women and people from BAME heritage.”

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