Ex-Welwyn Hatfield councillor turns on 'Divided' Labour

A FORMER Labour borough councillor has launched a stinging attack on the party he used to represent – including Prime Minister Gordon Brown. As exclusively revealed on www.whtimes24.co.uk earlier today, Sam Smith, who represented WGC's Haldens ward for th

A FORMER Labour borough councillor has launched a stinging attack on the party he used to represent - including Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

As exclusively revealed on www.whtimes24.co.uk earlier today, Sam Smith, who represented WGC's Haldens ward for three years, has defected to the Tory party.

Mr Smith said he switched sides as he had become sick of Labour's "constant infighting", at both local and national level.

"I sat on our borough council for three years and could see the Conservatives were genuinely improving local services.


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"I found it increasingly uncomfortable attacking them and defending Labour policies when it should have been the other way around."

And Mr Smith, an economics graduate, also slammed the PM for broken promises over the planned Hatfield super-hospital.

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He said: "I remember in the year when I was elected as a Labour councillor, Gordon Brown came to Hatfield to promise us a brand new super-hospital which was soon abandoned after Labour lost the election.

"It's been toe-curling to watch as they have gone on to axe the most important parts of our QE2 Hospital."

He added: "I didn't join the Labour Party to destroy the NHS."

Mr Smith was voted on to Welwyn Hatfield Council in June 2005 in a by-election, following the death of Labour's Rory Hallahan.

He stood down at the full round of elections last year.

Council leader John Dean said: "Sam was respected as a councillor even when he sat on the Labour benches.

"I'm so pleased he's decided to put his backing behind us.

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