FORMER Lord Mayor Arthur Dunworth has announced he is to stand down after 20 years as a Sheffield city councillor.
The Liberal Democrat, who won the first of five election victories in his Stannington ward in 1992, has decided not to stand in next May’s polls.
He said: “By then I shall be 72 and I feel 20 years’ public service is enough of a personal contribution to try to thank and help repay my native city.
“I’m eternally grateful to Sheffield and my years on the council and as Lord Mayor have been an attempt to say thank you and put something back into the pot.”
Coun Dunworth grew up in Attercliffe and went to school at King Edward VII School, before gaining a place at Nottingham University where he studied languages. He forged a career in marketing, becoming head of business development at Boots before getting involved in local politics.
He was Lord Mayor for 2007/08, attending more than 1,000 formal engagements.
As chair of the city’s powerful west and north planning board until last year, Coun Dunworth gained a reputation for protecting the green belt in the city’s rural fringes.
The Lib Dems held Stannington - traditionally one of their safest seats - by only five votes at last May’s elections.
But despite his party’s plummeting popularity nationally, Coun Dunworth remains loyal. He said: “I remain firmly a Lib Dem and a staunch Coalitionalist. Our country is in a mess and someone has to try sort it out.
“I have nothing but scorn for those who helped create the mess and now sit on the sidelines and criticise those trying to deal with the mess.”
The Lib Dems have selected Bradfield Parish councillor Katie Condcliffe as their new candidate for Stannington.
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