Another Labour councillor quits – triggering Hackney’s fifth by-election in 2024

Eluzer Goldberg resigned due to work and family commitments. Photograph: Eluzer Goldberg / X

Cazenove residents are set for another by-election on 4 July after Labour councillor Eluzer Goldberg announced he was stepping down.

His resignation has triggered Hackney’s fifth by-election so far this year, and the second in Cazenove alone.

In a post on X, formerly Twitter, Goldberg said he was quitting due to “family commitments and work schedule” after “much reflection”.

He was elected to represent the north Hackney ward in 2022, and gave a “huge thanks” to Mayor Caroline Woodley, his former ward colleague, “for her exceptional leadership, guidance, and unwavering support”.

He also reserved “a special thanks to my ward colleague Sam Pallis”, describing him as a “rock-solid support”.

“[I] will continue to support Labour in the upcoming by-election and beyond,” Goldberg added.

Several Labour colleagues, including Mayor Woodley, commented on the post to wish him their best.

“Two years where I’ve been so proud to work with you as a ward colleague and then as a representative for my former ward,” said Mayor Woodley.

“I know you’ll continue to be a great advocate and I look forward to working with you long into the future!” she continued.

Goldberg’s vacant seat is one where the Conservatives could mount a challenge.

In January of this year, Tory councillor Ian Sharer was elected as the third representative for Cazenove, with almost double the number of votes of Labour candidate Laura Pascal.

Pascal was suspended and then reinstated by Labour in the days leading up to that by-election.