The Hackney mayor has announced his resignation after 14 years in the post to become the deputy mayor in City Hall today.
Jules Pipe will step down from his position next month after the mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, appointed him deputy mayor of London for Planning, Regeneration and Skills.
Pipe said: “This is an amazing opportunity to serve our city, but the decision to leave was not an easy one to make.
“It’s been an enormous privilege to serve the residents of Hackney for two decades and I’m proud of everything the Council has achieved; the transformation of our schools, the clean streets, the new homes, a decade of frozen Council Tax, award-winning services, making a difference to the lives of our most vulnerable residents.”
The labour politician has represented Hackney for 20 years now.
Pipe was elected mayor of Hackney in 2002 and was chair of London councils in 2010. He decision to take on the role of deputy mayor in City Hall means that he will stand down from these two positions.
I’ve appointed Jules Pipe my Deputy Mayor for Planning, Regeneration and Skills. A fantastic addition to my top team https://t.co/sMJxZdAfbv
— Mayor of London (@MayorofLondon) June 30, 2016
Khan states that Pipe will bring “extensive knowledge of the capital, and the key challenges it faces”.
“He and I share a determination to ensure London’s prosperity is shared by all Londoners, and that we plan ahead to equip the city for its future economic, infrastructure, skills and housing needs. Jules will be a fantastic addition to my top team at a time when London needs a stronger voice more than ever before in championing its unique interests, following the fallout from the EU referendum result.”
Pipe will leave his position next month.
Philip Glanville, deputy mayor at Hackney council, will take on the role from Pipe until a new mayor is elected.
Hackney’s mayoral elections are expected to take place in September.