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Labour's Adam Leeder quits Ipswich Council after getting new job

PUBLISHED: 19:30 12 August 2019

Adam Leeder (left) held his council seat in 2016. Picture: SIMON PARKER

Adam Leeder (left) held his council seat in 2016. Picture: SIMON PARKER

Labour's Adam Leeder has resigned from Ipswich council after taking a new job in the civil service which will prevent him from remaining a councillor.

Mr Leeder stood as Labour candidate for Suffolk Coastal in the 2010 General Election and also worked with former Ipswich MP Chris Mole.

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He was elected to the borough for the Alexandra Ward in 2012 and was re-elected in 2016. There will now be a by-election for his seat, probably towards the end of October.

Labour agent John Cook said it had been hoped that Mr Leeder could carry on for a few weeks so there would not have to be a by-election before next May's scheduled election, but that was not possible.

Alexandra Ward is regarded as a safe Labour seat on the borough - Mr Leeder had a majority of 541 in 2016 and this year outgoing mayor Jane Riley held it with a majority of 665 over the Conservatives who were in second place.

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