Dismore announces decision to step down from front line politics
Andrew Dismore AM, Labour London Assembly Member for Barnet and Camden, has today announced he will not be seeking re-election to the Assembly in the 2020 London elections.
Mr Dismore said:
‘I have today notified the London Labour Party that I shall not be seeking reselection as the Labour candidate for Barnet and Camden in the 2020 London Assembly elections.
‘It has been a privilege to represent Labour over the years, to have been involved in so many campaigns, and to have been able to help so many constituents with their concerns and problems.
‘In 2012, winning Barnet and Camden’s London Assembly seat for Labour for the first time enabled me to expose Boris Johnson’s many shortcomings, fighting his cuts especially to the fire brigade and police. Winning for a second time meant I could at last back a Labour Mayor of London in supporting our services, building new homes, and taking on the battle over Brexit.
‘However, after almost 40 years in elected politics as a Labour Party councillor, MP and now Assembly Member, it feels the time is right to stand down at the May 2020 London elections. My decision is not on political but personal grounds. After so long a time in front line politics, I would like to help and encourage someone else to have the opportunity of representing the people of Barnet and Camden.
‘Needless to say, I will continue to serve the two boroughs for the remainder of my term of office. I will also do all I can to support Labour’s new candidate for the 2020 Assembly election to retain the seat for Labour and to re-elect Sadiq as Mayor.’