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ROTHERHAM MAYOR TO STEP DOWN AFTER FAILING LABOUR EXAM

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Rotherham's mayor, Ron Windle, is the lastest high-profile councillor to fail Labour's new examn to select council ...
Rotherham's mayor, Ron Windle, is the lastest high-profile councillor to fail Labour's new examn to select council candidates, reported The Yorkshire Post (24 Oct, p2).

Mr Windle, who has been in local government for 24 years, has now said he will not stand at next year's election but has denied it was because he had failed the Project 99 exam.

He said: 'I was a bit surprised [to fail] but no one is quitting. I would not let the people of Rotherham down or let Rotherham down. I want time after all these years to see my family and I thought it was a good time.'

A Labour spokesman said that Project 99, which is in its first year, was a process aimed at raising standards in local government. He denied that the test was to drive out older councillors and said it could be that some were failing because they were not used to the new procedures and not that they were unfit to be councillors.
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