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Angela Crawley To Step Down
The newly-elected MP for Lanark & Hamilton East is to step down as a councillor – triggering a by-election in Hamilton South.
Angela Crawley of the SNP handed in her resignation from her role as a councillor at South Lanarkshire Council last Friday, following her election victory on May 7.
Following the resignation, South Lanarkshire Council now have up to three months to hold a by-election. A date for Hamilton South residents to elect a new councillor is yet to be set.
The other three councillors in Hamilton South – Stuart Gallacher, Joe Lowe and Brian McCaig – all represent the Scottish Labour Party.
Ms Crawley was first elected as a councillor in 2012 and could have stayed on until 2017. She has also completed her final classes for her fast-track Bachelor of Law course at Glasgow University.
Angela said that she would wait until the dust had settled on her election victory before making her decision.
However, she has now expressed her thanks to all in the Hamilton South area, and felt it was best to focus on her work as an MP.
She said: “It has been both a great privilege and an honour to be elected as a local government councillor in my home town. I am immeasurably grateful to my colleagues and all of the staff for their support and assistance over the years I have served my constituents in Hamilton South.
“In my capacity as the newly elected Member of Parliament for Lanark & Hamilton East, I will seek to work hard in the best interests of my constituents.
“I will seek to represent all those who live in the constituency to ensure the best possible representation at Westminster.
“I therefore intimated my intention to resign from my position as Councillor for Hamilton South with immediate effect.”
The council’s executive director of finance and corporate resources, Paul Manning, said: “We can confirm that we have now received the resignation of Councillor Angela Crawley, councillor for Hamilton South. A by-election will be held, which must take place within three months of the effective date of the official letter of resignation, which was Friday, May 15.”