TWO Blackburn Labour councillors have been axed by their ward party from the municipal election line-up in May after a ‘clash of personalities’.

Councillor Edna Roberts, a Labour party member for more than 40 year and Councillor Walter Worswick have not be re-adopted as candidates for Higher Croft.

Mrs Roberts constituency secretary for Blackburn MP Barbara Castle, said that she and engineering union leader Councillor Worswick had been victims of a clash of personalities and had been squeezed out.

“It was all pre-arranged and I can say that if Aneurin Bevan had been at the adoption meeting he would not have been elected,” she said.

“We have one meeting which I said was unconstitutional and I had it reconvened.”

Mrs Roberts believes the move could backfire on the party.

She had been told by a number of people, including engineers, that they will not vote in the election. She believed it would be ‘very unfortunate’ for the party.

She has been a councillor for the ward - was formerly Park ward - for three years

Councillor Ernest Gorton, party secretary said: “The party can’t say anything until they have lists for the elections have been completed. This is an internal party matter.”