High-flyer quits town hall

Alison Bacon
Alison Bacon

AN ambitious councillor unexpectedly resigned from office just days after former council leader Marie Rimmer was ousted from power.

Cambridge graduate Alison Bacon had been earmarked as a potential future MP after her rapid rise through the ranks of the local Labour Party.

She was promoted to a cabinet position shortly after winning a place on St Helens Council in 2010.

However, when Coun Barrie Grunewald took over as council leader in May after challenging Coun Rimmer, Ms Bacon was not named in the new look top team.

Paying tribute to her council work, Coun Grunewald said she had given “personal reasons” for resigning her Billinge seat in May.

He said: “Alison Bacon was a great community advocate who was passionate for her residents and always fought their corner.”

Ms Bacon was unavailable for comment.

A council spokesman said no by-election date had been set, citing electoral rules requiring two written requests before a poll can be called.