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Haringey Lib Dem councillor announces his resignation

PUBLISHED: 10:18 21 January 2008 | UPDATED: 14:41 07 September 2010

Highgate Lib Dem councillor Justin Portess has resigned from Haringey Council. In a letter to the Council s Chief Executive, he says that he and his wife had made the decision as they are expecting their first child and will be moving out of the Highgate

Highgate Lib Dem councillor Justin Portess has resigned from Haringey Council.

In a letter to the Council's Chief Executive, he says that he and his wife had made the decision as they are expecting their first child and will be moving out of the Highgate area shortly.

In his letter to the council, Cllr Portess writes: "It is with great regret that I write to inform you of my resignation as a Highgate Ward Councillor, with immediate effect.

"My wife and I are expecting our first child in the Spring and we have taken the decision to move out of Haringey in February. This major change of circumstances, coupled with increased and changing work commitments, means I feel I may be unable to give the role of Highgate Councillor the time that it deserves in the coming period.

"I would like to take this opportunity to say that I have thoroughly enjoyed being a Councillor in Highgate. It has been a privilege to serve such a vibrant and articulate community, working on the many issues that are raised with us as Liberal Democrat Councillors for the area."

Lib Dem Leader and fellow Highgate Councillor, Neil Williams, described him a fantastic colleague in Highgate. ''I have hugely enjoyed working with him on Highgate issues, most recently, over the future of Jackson's Lane. He will be very much missed by the whole of the Lib Dem Group, and we all wish Justin and his family well.''

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