Sheffield councillor changes election ward

Shaffaq Mohammed
Shaffaq Mohammed
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The leader of Sheffield’s Liberal Democrat party is standing for election – in a different ward to the one he has represented for a decade.

Coun Shaffaq Mohammed was elected to Broomhill in 2004, but when Sheffield goes to the ballot box on May 22 he will be hoping to be voted in to nearby Crookes instead.

A distributed election leaflet says the choice in Crookes and Crosspool is between either ‘Shaffaq Mohammed and the Lib Dems, or Labour’.

Coun Mohammed, who has been party leader for three years, confirmed he was to leave Broomhill.

He said: “The local party approached me to ask if I would be interested in standing in Crookes due to the amount of work we have been doing cross border and we have quite a young enthusiastic student in Broomhill.

“I have been there ten years and worked hard, and I will still be campaigning for Broomhill library.

“I am looking forward to it.”

Student Harry Matthews is now standing for the party in Broomhill. In Crookes, Liberal Democrat Sylvia Anginotti’s term of office ends in May.

Coun Mohammed denied his change of ward was related to fears about losing his Broomhill seat.

He also claimed he was already known in Crookes from attending meetings there.

He added: “There is no guarantee of winning any seat in Sheffield - I never take anything for granted.”

Sheffield Council is expected to publish full candidate lists next month.