A MARATHON election night provided few major surprises as Labour strengthened its grip on Doncaster.
The party was the big winner in the local polls after gaining seven extra seats to increase its overall majority in the council.
Labour, now holds 43 seats and occupies more than two thirds of the Mansion House.
Elected mayor Peter Davies still holds most of the power despite Labour’s success but he is likely to have to reshuffle his cabinet following the departures of two key members after yesterday’s polls.
Patrick Wilson, cabinet member for housing, lost his Town Moor seat, while children and young people’s service holder Andrea Milner did not stand for re-election.
However, deputy mayor Coun Patricia Schofield and another cabinet member Coun Cynthia Ransome did hold their respective seats.
But candidates from all parties faced a long night wait to discover their fate with the final declaration not being revealed until 6am today.
The wait, caused by a regional verification process of the Alternative Vote referendum papers, meant the counting of ward ballot papers did not start until shortly before 4am.
Ultimately it ended in a disappointing night for the Liberal Democrats which lost three seats - including the two previously won by Mr Wilson and Paul Bissett before the pair controversially left the party.
Both men face a spell out of politics after failing to get re-elected, with Mr Bissett falling just short of his bid to topple Liberal Democrat leader Coun Paul Coddington in Bessacarr and Cantley.
However, Coun Sue Phillips, who joined Mr Bissett in defecting from the Liberal Democrats to Labour, retained her seat in the Mexborough ward.
Another success for Labour saw 23-year-old Rachel Hodson elected as Doncaster’s youngest councillor.
Coun Hodson takes over from Community Group member Carol Williams who decided not to stand for Thorne re-election because of ill health.
It was also an emotional night for long serving Edlington and Warmsworth councillor Georgina Mullis after Labour’s Bob Johnson pipped her to the seat.
Community Group member Stuart Exelby, former deputy mayor and an ally of ex-mayor Martin Winter, was ousted from the Central ward.
BOLTON Susan Mary (Labour) 2,326
FARRELL Dave (Liberal Democrats) 259
WOOD Kerry Nigel (Conservative) 509
WOODROW Vivien (English Democrats) 323
CORDEN Tony (Labour) 1,958
FLETCHER Barbara (Conservative) 415
PICKLES Scott Andrew (Independent) 1,410
GREENHALGH Carol (Conservative) 831
HARDY John (Independent) 416
JONES Alan (Labour) 2,205
WOODROW Malcolm (English Democrats) 574
JAMESON Mick (Labour) 2,105
SPARROW Liz (Conservative) 669
THOMPSON Margaret (Independent) 925
HOGARTH Charlie (Labour) 1,937
MASON Phil (Independent) 498
WAGSTAFFE Tony (English Democrats) 739
Bessacarr and Cantley
BISSETT Paul (Labour) 1,371
CODDINGTON Paul (Liberal Democrats) 1,614
GREENHALGH Martin Damian (Conservative) 1,006
HEWITT Keith John (English Democrats) 756
BELL Barbara Jean (Liberal Democrats) 358
EXELBY Stuart (Community Group) 402
HUTCHINSON Paul (Conservative) 504
PERKINS Mal (Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts) 268
WILKINSON Sue (Labour) 1,914
Conisbrough and Denaby
BROUGHTON Jonathan Sherwin (Conservative) 422
SAHMAN Craig (Labour) 2,417
TOSELAND Erwin (BNP) 596
Edenthorpe, Kirk Sandall and Barnby Dun
ALLEN Nick (Conservative) 837
GEE Fred (English Democrats) 655
GOODMAN Karl (Liberal Democrats) 394
MAYE Michael (Independent) 928
REVILL Tony (Labour) 1,680
Edlington and Warmsworth
BRENNAN John (English Democrats) 512
ELLIS Helen (BNP) 153
JOHNSON Bob (Labour) 1,856
JONES Elizabeth (Conservative) 292
Georgina Mullis (Independent) 1,053
BERRY Nigel (English Democrats) 1,137
JACKSON Francis John (Labour) 1,327
JOHNSON Richard Alan (Liberal Democrats) 670
SCHOFIELD Patricia (Conservative) 2,217
Great North Road
BUTTERFIELD John Victor (Liberal Democrats) 161
CALLADINE Frank Lloyd (Conservative) 551
GROCOTT Steve (English Democrats) 492
HUGHES David (Independent) 883
MORDUE Bill (Labour) 2,195
PLATT Stephen (Green) 245
CREDLAND Jessie (No party) 604
GLYNN Mick (English Democrats) 673
HART James Vincent (Conservative) 556
KNIGHT Pat (Labour) 1,519
KNIGHT Peter (Independent) 169
RAYNER Stewart (Community Group) 329
BETTNEY John (BNP) 265
CALLADINE Phyllis (Conservative) 211
JEVONS Malcolm (Liberal Democrats) 924
PHILLIPS Sue (Labour) 2,116
WATSON Anthony Mark (UK Independence Party) 255
BEARD Kathleen Margaret (Conservative) 296
BROWN John (Liberal Democrats) 134
COOKE John Nolan (Independent) 656
MCNAMEE Hilary (Labour) 1,498
WILDE Terry (Independent) 921
CHIPP Lynette (Green) 549
HEWITT Barbara (English Democrats) 662
MILLAR Peter Alexander Edward (Labour) 1,398
RANSOME Cynthia (Conservative) 1,629
Stainforth and Moorends
BLACKHAM Joe (Labour) 1,582
DRAKE Martin Edward (Conservative) 471
HOLT-TAYLOR Margaret Rose (English Democrats) 394
OWEN Dave (BNP) 288
QUINN John (Independent) 135
WILSON Allison Jane (Community Group) 232
BROOKES Tony (Community Group) 723
BROWN John (Conservative) 951
HODSON Rachel (Labour) 1,696
WALKER Richard (Independent) 663
ADGAR David (Liberal Democrats) 473
HOYLE Barbara Mary (Conservative) 2,255
PEARSON Ian (Labour) 1,241
WALTERS Rebecca (UK Independence Party) 592
ALLEN Christine (Conservative) 628
DOYLE Kim (Liberal Democrats) 460
KNOWLES Sue (Labour) 1,775
WILSON Patrick (The Independent Candidate) 834
FIELD Maurice (Conservative) 500
GOODMAN Michelle (Liberal Democrats) 276
PENKETH Roy John (English Democrats) 786
SHEPPARD John (Labour) 1,867
Overall turnout - 36.8 per cent