South Heaton by-election called following resignation of councillor

Sophie White has resigned from her role as ward councillor for South Heaton.

Her announcement to stand down means that a by-election will now be held to fill this vacancy.

Nick Forbes, Leader of Newcastle City Council said: “I am very sad to see Sophie leaving the council.

“She has been a fantastic addition to the Labour Group since being elected in 2010, previously serving as a Deputy Cabinet member as well as being a hard working ward councillor.

“Sophie has recently returned to work after maternity leave and has made the very difficult decision to stand down from her councillor duties order to prioritise her family and new baby.

“On behalf of the Newcastle Labour Group, I want to thank Sophie for her timeless work for the local community, and wish Sophie, Michael and baby Georgie all the very best for the future.”

A by-election will take place on Thursday 16 March 2017. Further details can be found here.