Published: 19 February 2013
By RICHARD OSLEY
THE Liberal Democrats have lost their parliamentary candidate for Hampstead and Kilburn just weeks after she was selected for the seat.
Emily Frith wrote to members to say she was stepping down with "regret" before an official statement was released last night.
She said: "This has come about because I have been offered a job in government in which I will be working to give the Liberal Democrats a stronger voice within the Coalition in key areas where I have expertise. However, as this job is politically restricted I will not be allowed to continue as a parliamentary candidate."
Ms Frith, who lives in Blackheath, added: "I am very sorry to be leaving the campaign at this stage, as I have enjoyed working with Hampstead and Kilburn's excellent team of campaigners backed by the strong membership I have enjoyed getting to know in recent months."
Councillor Keith Moffitt, leader of the Liberal Democrats, said: "Obviously our members and supporters in Hampstead and Kilburn will be disappointed as Emily had impressed during the selection and was already working hard with local campaigners. But it is a tribute to her standing within the party that she has secured this important role supporting Liberal Democrat Ministers in Government, and we wish her the best in the role. We will be looking to advertise for a new Prospective Parliamentary Candidate shortly."
Labour is still in the process of choosing a candidate for the constituency after Glenda Jackson told the party she will retire at the next general election. The Conservatives are fielding Councillor Simon Marcus.