Slough adviser to resign if she wins Chesham and Amersham by-election
A SENIOR Slough advisor, who is the Labor candidate for Chesham and Amersham MP, revealed she would step down from her board role if she wins.
A by-election has been called in the constituency following the tragic death of MP Dame Cheryl Gillian in April at the age of 68.
Slough adviser Natasa Pantelic, a member of the social services and public health cabinet, announced on Twitter a few days ago that she had been chosen to be the Labor candidate for Chesham and Amersham.
Dame Cheryl Gillan, Member of Parliament who died on April 4
Speaking to the Local Democracy Information Service, Cllr Pantelic said she would step down from her cabinet and advisory role if she won the June 17 by-election in order to focus on being an MP full time and riding.
She said: “I want to be here for the local people. They elected me and trusted me, and I want to keep the priorities that I promised them during this election campaign.
“So I will really be a full-time MP for this riding, and I will be moving here permanently.”
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When asked if she thought the people in her ward, Cippenham Meadows, would feel betrayed, Cllr Pantelic replied, “I think I did a really good job for the residents there and I will continue to working hard for them while i position – but the reality is i am also now officially hopefully starting today [May 20], nominated as a Labor candidate and I want to put all my energy into it in the coming weeks.
“It’s up to the locals here [Chesham and Amersham]. If they vote for me, I am theirs.
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The constituency of Chesham and Amersham has voted overwhelmingly Conservative since its inception in the 1970s.
Throughout the campaign, Cllr Pantelic will face Conservative candidate Peter Fleet, Sarah Green for the Liberal Democrats, Carolyne Culver of the Green Party and other candidates for MP for Chesham and Amersham.