Labour councillor Sonia Winifred has had to resign, forcing a by-election in Knight’s Hill ward, Lambeth after it was discovered she stood for election despite being disqualified from being a councillor due to being employed by the council.
All candidates have to sign a declaration that they are qualified to stand, but despite the warnings contained in it, it was only after her election that she says she realised that being employed as a teaching assistant in a local school meant she was disqualified. Even when a candidate isn’t aware of the rules, this sort of disqualification is something their party should spot before, not after, an election.
The by-election will cost around £10,000 to run. Sonia Winifred will be restanding for Labour.
Hat-tip: Brixton Buzz.