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My first introduction to Sheffield and Sheffielders was back in the 1960s when the Chesterfield Woodcraft Folk group I belonged to as a teenager used to come over and meet up with Sheffield Woodcraft Folk groups.

My future mother-in-law at that time was a Woodcraft Folk leader on the new council estate at Low Edges and in addition to running the Woodcraft Folk group there she was actively building up a sizeable Labour Party membership on the estate.

In the seventies she was an election agent and helped to transform a Conservative seat into a solid Labour seat and continued to work hard for the Labour Party until 2003 when she left over Iraq. She never joined another political party but continued to be interested in politics and was always full of praise for Jeremy Corbyn’s very thoughtful articles.

So when he managed to get on the list of candidates for the Labour Party leadership Win signed up as a Labour supporter in order to take part in the election. Unfortunately she has been told she is barred from voting with no reason given.

Her view is that if any Labour Party member or supporter is undecided about who to vote for in the leadership election they should read Jeremy Corbyn’s policy statements on The Economy in 2020, Protecting our Planet, Standing up for Good Business and his statement on the arts. These Win, at 90, myself at 63, and our younger relatives as well, believe, are definitely the sort of policies which will appeal to voters who want a change from the Victorian values and economics of the present Conservative government.

Gwyneth Francis

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