Ex-Doncaster Mayor claims he quit the Labour Party because Ed Miliband ‘betrayed’ him

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In the latest of a series of recent revelations from Martin Winter, the ex-Doncaster mayor says he was not expelled from the Labour party - and claims he ‘quit’ instead.

Mr Winter’s Labour Party membership was terminated in May 2008 while he was still Mayor of Doncaster, after he pledged to stand for a third term as Mayor, despite a leaked national Labour Party document indicating that the controversial politician would not be seeking re-election.

A Yorkshire and the Humber Labour Party spokesman at the time confirmed that Mr Winter had been handed a ‘long-term’ expulsion of five years, as a result of his actions.

But speaking on BBC1’s Daily Politics yesterday, Mr Winter said: “I left the Labour Party. Ed Miliband betrayed me, and I walked away.”

“This isn’t sour grapes. I told Ed Miliband at the time: ‘you have betrayed me, and I will tell people the truth’”

He went on to describe how the Labour leader, stayed with him and was given a ‘very thorough induction into Doncaster’ during his bid to become Doncaster North MP.

Mr Winter told Andrew Neil that Mr Miliband’s behaviour became ‘questionable’.

He also offered to take a lie detector, when questioned about the motivation for the claims in his book, which is due out later this year.

To see the interview in full please visit the BBC website

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