Lincoln MP Karen Lee resigns as city councillor

Lincoln MP Karen Lee has resigned from her role as City of Lincoln Council councillor for the Carholme Ward.

She announced her resignation on Twitter three months after being elected as MP.

“It’s been a privilege to represent the Labour Party for the ward I live in and I look forward to continuing to serve Lincoln in a different capacity,” Karen Lee added in a post on her Facebook page.

The City of Lincoln Council is now expected to call a by-election in the next month. A date is yet to be confirmed.

Labour already announced their candidate for the Carholme Ward. She is Lucinda Preston, Labour’s candidate for Police and Crime Commissioner in 2016.

Lucinda paid tribute to Karen’s councillor work and said: “Thank you so much for all your work for Carholme. Your service to the ward has been so very appreciated.

“I am delighted to have been selected as Labour’s candidate for the forthcoming by-election in my home ward of Carholme. I have lived in Carholme ward for many years. It is a wonderful area and it would be a privilege to serve local people as a councillor,” she added.

James Brown will be the Liberal Democrats’ candidate for the ward.

The Conservatives have not put forward a candidate so far.