A 'LOYAL' executive board Labour councillor was deselected days after burying her granddaughter, it has been revealed.Cllr Kate Hannon, portfolio holder for leisure, community and culture, was among seven councillors to be axed as part of the reshuffle by party chiefs and members at Saturday's selections ahead of the all-out elections in May.On Wednesday she attended a service at Walton Lea Crematorium following the tragic death of baby Jessica before taking to Orford Jubilee Neighbourhood Hub on Saturday where she learned her fate.

"She has given her life to the Labour Party and this is how they repay her. "There's something deeply troubling about what is happening to the political landscape in Warrington North and this is by far the lowest blow." Six other councillors were also hit with deselection during the process, while some were placed as candidates in different wards.

Councillors Jeff Richards (LAB – Bewsey and Whitecross), Billy Lines-Rowlands (LAB – Poulton North), Paul Bretherton (LAB – Rixton and Woolston), Bill Brinksman (LAB – Rixton and Woolston) and Andy Heaver (LAB – Great Sankey North) have also suffered deselection.

It follows last month's revelations confirming Mayor Cllr Geoff Settle, who is a Poulton North councillor, had been deselected, while Cllr Chris Vobe (LAB – Culcheth, Glazebury and Croft) is stepping down.

Cllr Steve Roberts will not be competing at the polls for Poplars and Hulme in May after he stepped down on Saturday morning after nine years due to health reasons.

Poulton North residents will get the chance to vote for Dianna Bennett, Russell Purnell and Cllr Graham Friend, while Maureen Creaghan and Colin Froggatt remain on track to retain their Poulton South seats.

Cllr Pat Wright, executive member for statutory health and adult social care, suffered deselection from her Bewsey and Whitecross ward but was chosen as a Rixton and Woolston candidate.

Karen Mundry will get the opportunity to battle for the Latchford East seat in a move which sees Cllr Steve Wright join Sarah Hall and Tom Jennings as the Bewsey and Whitecross candidates.

"It has been a horrendous few weeks for the family – Kate witnessed the birth and death of her granddaughter and was then stabbed in the back by the Labour Party after 19 years’ loyal service," added the source.

"It was a very emotional and tearful occasion for family, friends and council colleagues who attended.