Sheffield Council’s deputy leader to stand down for MP campaign

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Sheffield Council’s deputy leader has announced what day he will stand down to focus on his campaign to become an MP.

Harry Harpham, also cabinet member for housing, will leave his role on March 2.

He is standing as the Labour candidate in Hillsborough and Brightside in the general election and is not seeking re-election as a councillor.

Councillor Harpham will continue in his role as cabinet member for homes and neighbourhoods until his term as a councillor ends on May 7.

Coun Harpham said: “It has been a fantastic privilege to serve as deputy leader and I have been proud to play my part in some of the achievements of this Labour council.

“I wont be seeking re-election to the council in May, as I am standing as the Labour Candidate for Brightside and Hillsborough in the General Election.

“It’s important that I am able to give my campaign the full attention it needs over the next couple of months and that the role of deputy leader of the council is still carried out fully, which is why I will be standing down as deputy leader in the beginning of March.”

A new deputy leader for the authority has yet to be confirmed.

Coun Julie Dore, council leader, said: “Harry has done a brilliant job serving as deputy leader and has been crucial to many of the achievements of the Labour council.

“I would like to thank him for the support he has given me as my deputy.”