Newly elected MP for Yardley, Jess Phillips, will remain in her post as councillor for Longbridge until it expires in May next year, the Birmingham Post reports.
Jess claims the move will save the council the cost of a by-election, around £25,000. She says she will be able to fulfil her duties as ward councillor at weekends while she is in Birmingham.
Speaking to B31 Voices, Phillips reassured local residents that she can continue to represent them for the remainder of her term as councillor. She said: “Any residents who wish to contact me with any casework or with any other issues, I am still around and will also continue to represent Longbridge and what is best for it on Birmingham City Council.”
A community activist, Phillips was elected as a Labour councillor for Longbridge ward in 2012, winning the seat from Ken Wood, Conservative.
With a history of working for a charity assisting victims of domestic violence, she was appointed Birmingham’s first Victims’ Champion a month later, tasked with representing victims of crime and vulnerable residents in lobbying police and criminal justice agencies. She also served on the West Midlands Police and Crime Panel.
After a short career in politics, she was elected as MP for Yardley in May, ousting longstanding Liberal Democrat MP John Hemming, and now spends most of her working week in London. However, Jess says she will be able to fulfil her duties, such as attending ward committee meetings and surgeries, at weekends while she is in Birmingham.
A passionate and strong advocate for victims of domestic violence, Phillips has already been tasked with chairing an All Party Parliamentary Group on Domesticand Sexual Violence.