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By-election called in Bellingham

A by-election will be called in Bellingham following the resignation of a local Councillor.

Ami Ibitson has been a Lewisham Councillor since 2006. She has worked hard for residents of Bellingham, championing issues such as improvement in local transport, and protecting health services, as well as serving as chair of the Housing Select Committee. During her time on Lewisham Council, Ami has held dozens of surgeries, represented her members in hundreds of meetings and taken up thousands of items of casework on behalf of local people.

She now moves on to take up a role at City Hall, following Labour's triumph in the London elections.

Labour will shortly select their candidate for the by-election. We will be putting forward a local person with the experience, ability and dedication to work hard for the people of Bellingham. The by-election will be fought against the backdrop of savage cuts to Lewisham Council's funding, enforced by the Tory Government.

Mayor Steve Bullock said "Ami Ibitson has been a hard-working and dedicated public servant. On behalf of Lewisham Labour, I'd like to thank her and wish her all the best with the future. We'll be campaigning hard in the by-election in order to return a Labour Councillor who will work hard for Bellingham and fight against vicious Tory cuts.

Bellingham Councillor Alan Hall said: "Ami has been a dedicated and hardworking local Councillor and she is well known and liked in Bellingham. It's great that she will be working in the heart of London Government with the Deputy Mayor for Transport, Val Shawcross. We will continue to fight hard for Labour in Bellingham."

Jim Dowd MP said: "Ami has been an assiduous and fearless Councillor on behalf of the people of Bellingham for over 10 years. As a resident herself, she has represented her neighbours and community with distinction throughout this time. She's been a pleasure to work with and Bellingham's loss is most certainly City Hall's gain. She can reflect on an inspirational record of local service and she has my thanks for this and every best wish for the future."

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