Labour Councillor Vincenzo Rampulla, ward member for Church Street elected in 2014, has announced his resignation from Westminster Council with immediate effect. Due to changes at work beyond his control it is no longer possible for him to maintain his employment at his full-time professional job whilst remaining in his role as a Westminster councillor.
Speaking today he said:
“It is with great regret that I am resigning today as a Church Street councillor with immediate effect.
Church Street is a fantastic place and I am proud to have been given the chance to serve the families and residents there. I want to thank my ward colleagues Barbara Grahame and Aziz Toki for their support and friendship. They remain strong advocates for Church Street.
There are a number of challenges facing Church Street in the coming years, not least ensuring that the Council makes up for lost time in the important regeneration scheme that local people voted for. I am keen to support a successor who will match my colleagues’ desire to champion the needs of Church Street’s many families, residents and businesses.
“I also want to thank my colleagues in Westminster’s Labour Group, especially the group’s Leader Adam Hug, and Karen Buck MP for their support and encouragement. The Group’s work to stand up for people across Westminster remains an inspiration and I look forward to their continued success.
I remain a strong believer in public service and the ability of local councillors to make a real difference for their communities.”
Labour group leader Cllr Adam Hug said “Vincenzo’s resignation is a great loss to the residents of Church Street and to the Labour group. In his short time on the council he has fought for better treatment for private renters, more affordable housing, and action to tackle the rise in rough sleeping. He remains a close friend to us all and a passionate advocate for Labour values. He will be much missed.”
Vincenzo Rampulla has formally written to the Council Chief Executive to announce his resignation. Following the request of Church Street residents a by-election will be held on Thursday 5th May to coincide with the London Mayoral election.