Liberal Democrat Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Hampstead and Kilburn resigns
PUBLISHED: 10:45 19 February 2013 | UPDATED: 10:52 19 February 2013
Emily Frith steps down just a month after being picked for the hotly contested constituency
The Liberal Democrat Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Hampstead and Kilburn has stepped down just a month after she was picked.
Emily Frith withdrew from the battle for the hotly contested constituency yesterday after being picked on January 16.
The mother-of-two, who works as a campaigner for a prison reform charity and a dyslexia charity, said she was unable to continue as a candidate after being offered a ‘politically-restricted’ job in the government.
In a statement sent to Hampstead and Kilburn Lib Dems, she said: “Dear all, it is with regret that I have to let you know that I am standing down as the Liberal Democrat Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Hampstead and Kilburn just a few weeks after I had the honour of being selected by Liberal Democrat members in the constituency.
“This has come about because I have been offered a job in government in which I will be working to give the Liberal Democrats a stronger voice within the Coalition in key areas where I have expertise. However, as this job is politically restricted I will not be allowed to continue as a parliamentary candidate.
“I am very sorry to be leaving the campaign at this stage, as I have enjoyed working with Hampstead and Kilburn’s excellent team of campaigners backed by the strong membership I have enjoyed getting to know in recent months.
“Hampstead and Kilburn is the most marginal three-way seat in the country, and I am confident that you will be able to attract an excellent new candidate very soon who will work with you on winning campaigns in next year’s local elections as well as for the 2015 General Election.
“I wish you every success in your future campaigning.”
The seat is currently held by Labour’s Glenda Jackson who retained it with a majority of just 42 in 2010.
Ms Jackson, a former Oscar-winning actress, will step down at the next General Election which is expected to take play in 2015.
Last week the Conservatives announced Simon Marcus as their PPC for the seat.
Mr Marcus, a councillor for Hampstead Town ward, described the constituency as a ‘key seat’ adding that he was also keen to work with both Camden and Brent Council’s to improve the state of Kilburn High Road.
Labour has yet to pick their candidate.