LAST week we revealed how sitting Tory borough councillor Jonathan Starkey was giving up his seat in Ledsham to contest Central ward for his party at the May 3 local elections.
We said this was possibly the first time such a risky political move had been made in the area.
However, former Labour councillor and borough mayor Stewart Hayward (pictured) got in touch to tell us this wasn't the case.
Mr Hayward, now an honorary alderman of the borough, reminded us that back in 1986 he undertook a similar 'seat swap', leaving his safe seat in Rivacre to contest the Tory-held Whitby ward.
'I won too and with a large majority,' said Mr Hayward, adding: 'I don't think Cllr Starkey will do the same.'