After almost 16 years on the London Assembly, Val Shawcross AM, has today announced she will not be seeking re-election in 2016.
Labour London Assembly Member for Lambeth and Southwark Val Shawcross AM said:
“Throughout my time as an Assembly Member I have always been clear that I would have a life after politics. By the time of the next election I will have been the London Assembly Member for Lambeth and Southwark for 16 years and in public life since 1994 when I was first elected to Croydon Council. After all that time I feel this is the right time to bow out of public life.
“It has been an absolute honour to serve the people of Lambeth and Southwark and I am very proud of the work my colleagues and I have done at City Hall, holding two Mayors to account and standing up for the interests of our great city and its people.
“When I was first elected in 2000 I couldn’t have imagined how I would see the Assembly and the Mayoralty develop and the positive impact they would have on London. Whilst there are many memories I will take away with me I am particularly proud of my time spent chairing the London Fire Brigade, modernising the service, introducing a focus on prevention and significantly cutting the number of fire deaths.
“Until the election I will remain utterly committed to serving the people of Lambeth and Southwark and to my role fighting for a fair deal for London’s transport passengers as Chair of the Assembly Transport Committee.”