A stalwart of the Hillingdon Labour group has resigned, triggering a by-election.

Councillor David Horne has stepped down because of ill health.

A long-standing local politician, Mr Horne won one of two Labour seats in Charville ward in the May 2014 local elections.

Former mayor and former councillor Mary O'Connor
 

Defeated incumbent, former mayor of Hillingdon Mary O’Connor, who came within 14 votes of Mr Horne in May, will run in the by-election that has been announced for Thursday, November 27. Labour has yet to select its candidate.

Labour leader, Councillor Mo Khursheed, paid tribute to a man who has struggled with increasingly poor health in recent years and who has represented the former Deanesfield ward and also Hillingdon East in the past.

“I completely understand Dave’s decision to resign due to his general health.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank Dave for his dedication and commitment over the years, and wish him well for the future”.

He told getwestlondon: “I’m pretty confident we will be able to hold the seat.”

A spokesman for the Hayes and Harlington Conservative Association, of which Ms O’Connor is a member, said it was delighted to have her as a candidate.

In a statement, Ms O’Connor said: “I’m looking forward to being given the chance to serve my friends and neighbours in the Charville ward.”

The results of May’s local elections in Charville ward were: Councillor Beulah East (Lab) 1,572; Councillor Neil Fyfe (Con) 1,409. Councillor David Horne (Lab) 1,368.

The make-up of Hillingdon Council is Conservative 42, Labour 23.

Charville ward straddles the eastern part of Hillingdon and Hayes End.

The full list of candidates can be found here.