Cllr Tul­lett to stand down

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

Richard Tul­lett has be­come the lat­est Labour councillor to an­nounce he will not stand at next year’s lo­cal elec­tions.

Councillor Tul­lett, who rep­re­sents the Cam­bus­lang West ward, has said that he now wants to pur­sue an aca­demic ca­reer af­ter eight years in pub­lic of­fice.

He was first elected to coun­cil in March 2008 to serve the Cam­bus­lang East ward af­ter the death of SNP councillor John Hig­gins.

That made him one of three Labour coun­cil­lors in the ward. In 2012, he be­came Councillor Rus­sell Clearie’s run­ning mate in Cam­bus­lang West, and was again elected, hold­ing off a strong chal­lenge from the Lib­eral Demo­crat’s David Bail­lie.

Councillor Tul­lett also acted as elec­tion agent for for­mer Ruther­glen MP Tom Greatrex in 2010 and 2015 and is a close ally of for­mer Ruther­glen Labour MSP James Kelly.

Talk­ing about his im­pend­ing de­par­ture this week, he said: “It has been an ab­so­lute priv­i­lege to rep­re­sent peo­ple on South La­nark­shire Coun­cil for the past eight years.

“I de­cided in June and let the party know at the time that I wouldn’t be stand­ing again.

“I am tak­ing up a new po­si­tion with New Col­lege La­nark­shire in the next few weeks but I will con­tinue to rep­re­sent con­stituents in Cam­bus­lang West un­til next May.”

Councillor Tul­lett fol­lows coun­cil leader Ed­die McAvoy and Councillor Rus­sell Clearie in an­nounc­ing he will not stand next year.

Prom­ise Councillor Tul­lett, pic­tured with Jo­hann La­mont and Anas Sar­war had pre­vi­ously been hon­oured by the party for his cam­paign­ing

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