Lib Dem councillor resigns from Welwyn Hatfield Council

PUBLISHED: 12:53 03 November 2017 | UPDATED: 15:25 03 November 2017

Former Lib Dem councillor Rachel Basch. Picture: Danny Loo

Former Lib Dem councillor Rachel Basch. Picture: Danny Loo

Danny Loo Photography 2017

The resignation of a Welwyn Hatfield borough councillor has resulted in a casual vacancy.

Following the resignation of Liberal Democrat Rachel Basch, a casual vacancy is being advertised by the borough council for Handside Ward.

Former Stanborough School pupil Rachel was elected in May last year and recently campaigned to get something done about the state of 22 Parkway, which is owned by JD Wetherspoon.

Fellow Lib Dem, Helen Quenet told the Welwyn Hatfield Times: “It’s a resignation due to very positive circumstances.

“She’s got into the fast track civil service scheme.

“We did hope that her job at the level she has gone in at wouldn’t be politically restrictive, but it is.

“We’re very sorry to see her go, but she’s young and needs to make a career for herself and she’s very capable.

“Woman to woman, I’m glad she’s doing well.

“As a party, we wish her the very best.”

Helen, who is a borough councillor for Welham Green and Hatfield South, added: “Rachel was elected 18 months ago and would have been due for re-election in May.

“We were hoping she would have been able to see that out, but the civil service refused.

“I’m sure the seat will be contested - I would be absolutely amazed if it wasn’t.

“Obviously the Tories will be wanting to make it three out of three again.”

Rachel said: “I was hugely disappointed to have to go at this point.

“I felt I was beginning to get to grips with it, but this is an exciting opportunity and a positive reason to go.”

The Lib Dems will be putting forward Siobhan Elam as their new candidate.

Siobhan is a retired policewoman.

Helen said: “She’s got a really strong character and she’s a good community person.

“She’s well known locally and quite involved in the Barn Theatre and walking groups.”

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