A former Sheffield Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate and councillor has switched allegiance and joined the Labour party.
Ali Qadar was the party’s councillor for Nether Edge for 16 years before he stood down at the elections in May 2012.
He stood as a Lib Dem parliamentary candidate for Sheffield Central in 1997, 2001 and 2005.
The chartered accountant said he joined the Labour Party because he was unhappy with coalition policies on tuition fees, the increase in VAT, and the size and speed of public spending cuts.
He said: “I was a Liberal Democrat councillor for 16 years but the party I was a member of no longer reflects my political views.
“People in Nether Edge and across Sheffield are feeling the adverse financial effects of the coalition government who are forcing huge cuts on public services whilst some of the wealthiest parts of the country receive almost no cuts at all.
“I am delighted to be joining Labour.”
He was welcomed by MP Paul Blomfield, councillors Nikki Bond and Qurban Hussain, councillor Mohammed Mahroof who lives in Nether Edge and activists Nasima Akther and Basheer Khan.