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SHEFFIELD LABOUR FOLLOWS YOUTH CULT

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Sheffield City Council's longest serving Labour member, Dot Walton, has defected to the ruling Liberal Democrat gro...
Sheffield City Council's longest serving Labour member, Dot Walton, has defected to the ruling Liberal Democrat group in protest at being dropped by her party.

Mrs Watson (80) lost her candidature last month as part of a shake-up in which seven Labour candidates failed reselection tests, retired, or failed to reapply. She said of the Labour group: 'They think I'm past it. They've tried to tell me I'm ill and I'm not. I don't think I've been welcome for a long time.'

Mrs Watson has represented the Mosbrough ward since 1967 and is a former lord mayor. She hopes to stand as a Lib Dem at the next election.
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