Caroline Flint

Standing up for Don Valley.

Labour No to Mayor's Cabinet

After the local elections on 5 May strengthened Labour's position within Doncaster Council, the Group have confirmed they will not take up cabinet posts under English Democrat Mayor Peter Davies.

Instead, Labour will use it's dominance in Mansion House - now holding more than two thirds of the seats - to hold the administration to account, working constructively towards a better Doncaster.

The group will form a shadow cabinet to ensure the mayor and his cabinet are held to account.

Sandra Holland, leader of the Labour Group, said:

"Labour cannot join a cabinet which would leave us having to take responsibility for decisions taken by a group of right-wing, and very right-wing politicians with whom we completely disagree.

"Instead, Labour will provide a strong opposition to Peter Davies and his administration. We will be setting up a shadow cabinet to ensure Labour's voice is heard across the range of decisions taken by the council, so the voices of all the people who voted for us last week are heard."

"The Labour group is committed to working constructively in the process to improve Doncaster Council, and will continue to play an active role in helping the scrutiny committee. I remain a full and active member of the recovery board."

"In addition to this, Labour councillors will work hard in their communities, listening to the electorate to make sure their concerns are being heard by the mayor and his cabinet."


ENDS

Notes to Editors:

1) After last week's local elections, Labour hold 43 seats on Doncaster Council, gaining seven seats.

2) Two members of the cabinet, including the deputy mayor, lost their seats in last week's election.

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