Newly elected MP to remain a county councillor

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A newly elected MP, who won the seat of South West Hertfordshire last month, will remain an Essex county councillor, it has been announced.

However, Gagan Mohindra, who represents Chigwell and Loughton Broadway, has stepped down as Cabinet Member for Finance, Property and Housing.

He had said that if successful in being elected, he will be standing down from his councillor roles sometime in the New Year.

Cllr Mohindra beat David Gauke, the former Tory justice secretary, who lost the whip after rebelling over Brexit, by more than 14,000 votes in last month’s general election.

Mr Mohindra’s portfolio will now be looked after by the leader of Essex County Council, David Finch.

Cllr Mohindra, who was elected to the council in 2017, though no longer able to claim a £3,000 a month special responsibility allowance, will be eligible for a basic allowance of £1,000 a month.

He also remains a councillor for Epping Forest District Council, where he has represented Grange Hill since 2006.

He is also chairman of Essex Conservatives, and sits on the board of West Essex Clinical Commissioning Group. He fought North Tyneside in the 2010 general election.

He made it onto the shortlist for the Brentwood and Ongar seat but missed out eventually to Alex Burghart.

An Essex County Council spokesman said: “Following his election as Member of Parliament for South West Hertfordshire, Cllr Gagan Mohindra has stepped down as Essex County Council Cabinet Member for Finance, Property and Housing, but will remain as county councillor for Chigwell and Loughton Broadway.

“Cllr David Finch, Leader of Essex County Council, has now taken responsibility for the Finance, Property and Housing portfolio.”

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Piers Meyler

Local Democracy Reporter