Doncaster’s former civic mayor stepping down

Councillor Christine Mills.

Councillor Christine Mills.

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Doncaster’s former civic mayor Christine Mills has announced she will be stepping down at the next local elections.

The Labour politician has been a ward member for Conisbrough and Denaby for 16 years, was civic mayor between 2012-13 and is currently cabinet member for housing, environment and waste.

But she announced today she will not contest the election in May.

Coun Mills said: “It has been a tremendous privilege to represent the Conisbrough and Denaby ward and I will miss many of the people I have come into contact with but feel it is now time to step back and spend some quality time with my family.”

Fellow ward members, councillors Sandra Holland and Craig Sahman, said in a joint statement: ”We will certainly miss Christine and the expertise and teamwork that she brought but wish her all the best for the future. She will be a hard act to follow.”

Labour has selected Nigel Ball to stand at the election. He lives in Conisbrough and is employed as a careers manager in Sheffield.

Mr Ball said: “I am committed to working with people in the local community and I want to improve the quality of life and work for all residents.”