Greens set sights on Lib Dem seat

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CANDIDATES from the Green Party and UK Independence Party are to stand in all 28 wards across Sheffield at next month’s council elections.

They hope to offer voters an alternative from the city’s two main Labour and Liberal Democrat groups. The Tories are standing across the city but are only expected to mount a serious challenge in two seats – Fulwood, and Dore and Totley.

Sheffield Green Party said it is the seventh year in a row that it has contested all seats, but its main fight is to retain one of its Central ward seats, being defended by Rob Murphy.

Coun Jillian Creasy successfully defended her seat last year, despite a stiff Labour challenge.

The Greens are also campaigning heavily to unseat former Lib Dem council leader Paul Scriven in Broomhill, where its former Central ward councillor Bernard Little is standing.

Coun Murphy, who has represented Central ward since 2008, said: “I believe I’m known for being in touch with the needs of residents and acting on their concerns.”

The UK Independence Party in Sheffield is standing in all city seats for the first time and the Trade Unionists and Socialists Coalition is contesting five seats: Burngreave, Hillsborough, Gleadless Valley, Walkley and Graves Park.