LGP News - Matt Follett makes a move
|Matt Follett makes a move|
|Mon, Jul 27, 2009|
Green Party Councillor Matt Follett tendered his resignation on Friday 24th July. This will mean a Council by-election in Castle Ward, probably in September, with Dave Dixey standing as the Green Party Candidate.
In a statement Cllr. Follett said :
"I'm very sad to be leaving Leicester, and consider it a privilege and an honour to have served the people of Castle ward for the last 2 and half years. My family commitments and job require me to spend more time on the South Coast. Unfortunately I can no longer sustain this as well as working as a Councillor.
" It is not fair on the constituents for me to be away and represent them as well as I would like. So, after much careful consideration I have decided to stand down as a Green Party Councillor for Castle. I am making way for another prospective Green Councillor, Dave Dixey, who can continue to dedicate himself fully as the role deserves.
"I've known Dave Dixey for years now and am delighted he has decided to stand for the job. He's a very committed and hard working guy and I am confident that the people of Castle will continue to be well served by him as a Green Party Councillor.
"I'd like to thank all the people who have expressed kind words about wanting me to stay. I hope that you understand, in sincere conscience, my stepping down is the right thing to do. I trust that you will continue to support the Green Party. Green Party Councillor Phil Gordon and Dave Dixey are an effective team who will uphold the high standards and positive politics that the Green Party delivers in Leicester."
Barney Smith, Castle Ward Campaign manager commented :
"Leicester Green Party is sorry to lose Matt, we will miss his drive and enthusiasm. Leicester has lost an original and authentic voice from the City Council. He made Leicester history as our first Green councillor by topping the poll in Castle Wardin the 2007 elections.
"Green Councillors Matt Follett and Phil Gordon have worked hard and have been successful in playing a positive role in council pushing the ruling party towards safer streets, free school meals and more loft insulation as well as speaking out againstacademy schools and the so-called Ecotown
"We look forward to an early by-election so that Castle ward can replace him. With Dave Dixey we have found a capable and committed Green candidate."
If you would like to get involved in any way with the by-election campaign, for example by canvassing or delivering leaflets, please emailBarney Smith at email@example.com