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Val Shawcross AM announces that she will not seek re-election in 2016

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.”

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