Conservatives to shut party office

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CASH-strapped Conservative members are closing the party’s Sheffield office and transferring to their new campaign centre in Rotherham.

The party, which lost its last councillor in the city four years ago, has sent a letter to members in the city informing them of the decision.

Richard Coldwell, of the party’s local board, said: “Given the weak financial position of Sheffield Conservatives, we could not afford to maintain our own office on an ongoing basis and pay the fee required to the campaign centre.

“The management group of Sheffield Conservatives has voted by a narrow majority to close the Sheffield office and to use the South Yorkshire campaign centre instead.

“While there was a majority in favour of this, I must advise that several members of the management team had deep concerns about closing a local office.

“It was clear from the party, however, that they wanted us to use the campaign centre.”

Mr Coldwell said the Sheffield office, based on Ecclesall Road, will be closing in September, with all activity transferred to the Rotherham campaign centre - which opened in January this year with funding from a local donor.

The party had kept the Sheffield office for the local elections in May, he added.