A former Liberal Democrat councillor in Sheffield has joined the Labour Party.
Ali Qadar was a Lib Dem councillor for Nether Edge from 1996 to 2012, and he stood for the Central parliamentary constituency in 1997, 2001 and 2012.
He said: “After the formation of coalition government, I became unhappy about some of its policies, including the rise in tuition fees, VAT increase and size and speed of public spending cuts. I raised my concerns at various levels within the Liberal Democrat party but I did not feel comfortable to leave the party while I was councillor, because I was elected on Lib Dem ticket. After standing down in May 2012 I did not renew my Lib Dem membership.”