Adam Leeder, Alexandra Ward councillor since 2012 has stepped down from Ipswich Borough Council from today, following his appointment to a politically restricted role in the civil service.
A by-election will be held on Thursday 26th September to fill the vacancy caused by Adam's resignation.
Adam was first elected as our councillor in Alexandra ward in 2012 - winning the seat from the Lib Dems. During his time on the Council, he served on the Council's Central Area, Strategic Overview & Scrutiny and Audit & Governance committees, and has previously served on the Council's Executive.
Adam's Alexandra ward colleague, John Cook paid tribute to Adam's work as a councillor: "I know that Adam is disappointed to be stepping down from the Council, but is looking forward to starting his new job.
"I first got to know Adam at the end of his first year at University, when he spent the summer holidays working as a volunteer in the Labour Party Office. He subsequently went on to work part-time for Meg Munn MP in Sheffield while he continued his university studies, and then as Chris Mole's Westminster based researcher until 2010. Adam stood as Labour Candidate for Suffolk Coastal in 2010 and won his Council seat in Alexandra Ward in 2012. He has been a great colleague to work with, both as a ward colleague, and as my vice-chair on the Audit & Governance Committee."
Labour Party members in Alexandra ward will be meeting next Monday to select a new candidate to contest the by-election.