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Suspended Labour ex-Mayor joins Tories
A LABOUR councillor who was High Wycombe's Mayor last year has quit the party and joined the Conservatives - after he was suspended.
Councillor Chauhdry Shafique has made the dramatic switch after his former political group said he had breached its rules.
Cllr Shafique, represents the Totteridge Ward on Wycombe District Council.
Wycombe Labour said in a statement: "Councillor Shafique was suspended from the Labour Group on Wycombe District Council on Friday September 20 because he was in breach of Labour Party rules and, despite being given a number of warnings, he failed to heed them and comply with the rules.
"He resigned from the Labour Party after his suspension."
It did not specify which rules had been broken.
Cllr Shafique said: "For some time now I have been unhappy with the Labour Party in Wycombe, and feel that I can no longer support it.
"I have recently joined the Conservative Party, and I am looking forward to working with Conservative councillors and MP Steve Baker and help them continue their local good work."
Richard Scott, Conservative, Leader of WDC, said: "We are pleased to have councillors who are committed to the long-term improvement of the district.
"I am sure Chauhdry Shafique will continue to represent his constituents well and play his part in the life of the town."
Rick Fisher, Chairman of Wycombe Conservative Association, added: "The Conservative Party is always delighted to welcome anyone who shares the aims of the Party.
"I know Shafique will strengthen our commitment to pursue policies which serve the best interests of all residents of the district."
Wycombe MP Steve Baker said: "It is an unexpected joy to welcome Shafique to the Conservative Party.
"I realise this has been a momentous decision for him and, for us listening to his story, it has been time to take stock of just how far our party has travelled.
"I look forward to working with Shafique over the months and years ahead."
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