Islington Council’s Catherine West wins leader of the year

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Islington Town Hall. Image: Laura Nolte
Islington Town Hall .Image: Laura Nolte
Islington Town Hall. Image: Laura Nolte

Two Islington councillors have been honoured at the 2013 Councillor Achievement Awards for their work in the borough.

Labour council leader Catherine West received the leader of the year award and Joe Caluori, Labour councillor for Mildmay, won the Bruce-Lockhart Member Scholarship at a ceremony at the Lord Mayor’s Parlour in Westminster City Hall.

Councillors, MPs and Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Eric Pickles attended the ceremony on 25 February which recognised the achievements of those working in local government across the country.

Ms West said: “I’m incredibly proud to collect this award.  In these tough times my priority is making Islington a fairer place – building more social housing, paying the living wage and making sure young people have the support they need to study and get on in life.”

Speaking at a council meeting on Thursday Ms West thanked her colleagues for their support and said: “I think in the week of the budget the council leader is not always on the front page for the right reasons.”

Terry Stacy, leader of the Liberal Democrat opposition, at the same meeting congratulated Ms West on the award adding jokingly that he wished her all the best with her future parliamentary campaign – adding that national government seems to be where all Islington councillors end up.

His comments follow the resignation of St George’s ward councillor Jessica Asato who is contesting the Norwich North seat at the next general election. Councillor West herself has been shortlisted as a possible candidate to run for the parliamentary seat in Hornsey and Wood Green.

The award won by Mr Caluori also includes a £10,000 scholarship to fund a project promoting local government.