Hampstead and Kilburn Tory candidate leaves council after ‘surge’ in support for MP campaign

Simon Marcus. Picture: Polly Hancock.

Simon Marcus. Picture: Polly Hancock. - Credit: Archant

Hampstead and Kilburn’s Conservative parliamentary candidate has announced he is stepping down as a councillor after seeing a surge of support which he believes can deliver him to the Commons in May.

Simon Marcus made the decision to resign as Hampstead Town councillor today having been buoyed by increasing pledges from voters in the constituency that they will turn out for him in May.

Mr Marcus said: “A year ago it was clear I had a huge task on my hands to win the seat, whereas now it has come down to a 50-50 fight.

“I’m feeling on the doorstep that there’s been a clear surge so that’s why I feel I’ve got to take this decision now.”

Oliver Cooper, deputy chairman of Camden Tories, will stand to replace Mr Marcus in a planned by-election on May 7.

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