Politician quits Labour to 'focus on green agenda'
A Labour politician has quit the party after he was not selected to stand for the upcoming Leicestershire County Council elections.
Councillor Neville Stork had hoped to be the Labour candidate for the Loughborough South division in May's vote.
He has previously held the seat, but another candidate, Councillor Robert Sharp, was picked ahead of him to contest it.
Coun Stork now sits on Charnwood Borough Council as an independent representing Shelthorpe ward.
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He said he was upset not to be chosen by his party for the election, but stressed that was not his main reason for quitting.
Coun Stork, a Labour member for 10 years, said: "I am an environmentalist and I was not able to do what I wanted as a member of the Labour Party.
"As an independent I will be able to pursue that much better for the next two years.
"It was upsetting not to be picked (for the county election) and it may look like sour grapes, but that is not it.
"Robert is a lovely guy and will make a great county councillor if he is elected.
"It was a very hard decision for me to leave after such a long time but I am happy with it."
The borough council's Labour group leader, Councillor Jewel Miah, said: "We tried to persuade Neville to stay but he wanted to go his own way and we respect that."