Caroline Flint

Standing up for Don Valley.

MPs back Labour Group Cabinet stance

Doncaster's MPs Ed Miliband, Caroline Flint and Rosie Winterton have given their support to the decision by Labour Councillors not to join Mayor Davies' Cabinet.

Caroline Flint said: Labour will act as a strong and constructive Council opposition. It will use the influence of its 43 councillors in the best interests of the Borough's residents and the services they depend on. Sandra Holland will form an unpaid shadow cabinet to initiate policies and negotiate with the Cabinet for the good of Doncaster. But that does not mean Labour should form a coalition with a Tory-Led Cabinet when theTories were beaten in all but 3 wards and no English Democrat was elected."
Said Rosie Winterton : "Sandra Holland will continue to play a positive role on the Recovery Board working in partnership to ensure that service standards are scrutinised and improve. But Sandra Holland and the Labour Group are right to reject the offer of two places in what is a Tory-Led Cabinet.  Voters on 5 May, elected Labour candidates to 17 of 21 seats up for election and received 12,500 more votes than Mayor Davies received in the first round when he stood for Mayor two years ago."

Said Ed Miliband: “The policies of the Mayor and the previously Conservative-dominated cabinet are completely contrary to those of the Labour Group and that is why Sandra Holland, Leader of the Labour Group, has announced that Labour will not join the Mayor’s Cabinet.   

“However, the Group are committed to continue to work constructively in the process to improve Doncaster Council and I understand that Labour will be taking up their full quota of places on Council Committees.  

“No-one should be in any doubt: Labour Councillors will continue to work their hardest to fight to safeguard services for their communities such as libraries, and provision for the elderly and most vulnerable in this communities.”

On 5 May Labour won 17 of the 21 wards, making 7  gains.  Labour now has 43 councillors out of 63 on Doncaster MBC.  The Conservatives have just 9 councillors, yet take half of the places in Mayor Davies' Cabinet.  On 5 May, Labour polled 37,912 votes - some 12,500 more votes than Mayor Davies polled when he stood for Mayor in 2009.

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