Sheffield councillor defends 11th hour seat change

Cllr Shaffaq Mohammed
Cllr Shaffaq Mohammed
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A row has blown up over a councillor’s decision to change seats just over a month before the May 22 elections.

Labour have criticised Lib Dem candidate Shaffaq Mohammed’s change of ward from Broomhill to Crookes.

Labour’s Crookes candidate Anne Marie Murphy said: “Having lived in Crookes all my life, I find it odd that with just a few weeks to go Coun Mohammed has suddenly decided to stand here.

“He may be scared to face voters in Broomhill, but he’ll be sorely mistaken if he thinks people in Crookes will give him an easier ride.”

But Coun Mohammed hit back: “The local party asked me to stand in Crookes and I’ve accepted.

“Liberal Democrats have a full slate of excellent candidates across the city who will provide an alternative to Labour, who are more interested in spending money on office refurbishments rather than keeping libraries open.”