Labour’s Ros Jones elected new mayor of Doncaster

The Labour camp celebrate as it's announced that Ros Jones has been elected as Doncaster's new mayor.
The Labour camp celebrate as it's announced that Ros Jones has been elected as Doncaster's new mayor.
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Labour candidate Ros Jones has been elected as the new mayor of Doncaster in a nail-biting contest that went right down to the wire.

She snatched victory from incumbent Mayor Peter Davies by just 639 votes after a tense recount.

Just 590 votes separated the pair after the first preference vote with Jones maintaining her slender lead in the second round of voting.

Her victory was met with huge cheers by Labour supporters who had gathered at the Racecourse to watch her crowned.

A clearly delighted Jones said: “I am delighted and humbled the people of Doncaster have put their trust in us to take the town forward.

“We have gone back four years and now we have to take the town fowards again. We can’t put our heads in the sand. We have to drive Doncaster forward. ”

The result was a long awaited one with counting taking nearly nine hours before Jones finally emerged triumphant.

In the first preference votes, she polled 21,996, ahead of Davies on 21,406.

When the second preference votes were factored in, she picked up a further 3,368 votes to claim the spoils ahead of Davies who totalled 3,319.

In total, she racked up a winning vote of 25,364, narrowly ahead of Davies on 24,725.

She said: “It was a tight contest and we had to strive for each and every vote. But the people of Doncaster believe in us and our policies and the Labour party to drive them forward.”

She said the main planks of her mayoralty for the next four years would be boosting employment and taking a zero tolerance approach to anti-social behaviour.

But she added: “My main drive is moving the town forward. I know e have cuts imposed on us by cental Governmeny but we have to look at every avenue and ensure we protect our most vulnerable people.”

She added: “But first I can’t wait to get home, kick my shoes off, relax and watch some TV and let my family know. It has been a long day.”

Mr Davies was quick to congratulate Jones on her victory and said: “I have enjoyed the last four years. I have enjoyed every minute of it. Of course I am disappointed, we ran them close and we thought we had it. I have no idea what the future holds for the people of Doncaster but I hope she will not reverse ny policies.

“I have delivered four years of common sense. I hope Ros will have a good a time as I have and wish her all the best for the next four years.

And he said: “Next for me? Retirement, racing, theatre, village cricket and the Thomas Hardy Society.”

The English Democrats came third in the contest with both the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats losing their deposits.

Full results:

ALLEN

David

English Democrats - “Putting England First!”

4,615

BROWN

John

Liberal Democrats

1,122

DAVIES

Peter

Independent

24,725*

DRAKE

Martin

The Conservative Party

2,811

JACKSON

Mary

Trade Unionists and Socialist Against Cuts

1,916

JONES

Ros

Labour Party

25,364*

MAYE

Michael

Independent

4,557

OWEN

Dave

National Front

Putting Britain First

1,066

WARD

Tony

Independent

1,110

WRIGHT

Doug

Save Your Services

786

Majority

Electorate

Turnout

1st stage: 590

2nd Stage: 639

28%

* Total after 1st and 2nd Preference count

Davies: first choice = 21,406; second choice = 3,319

Jones: first choice = 21,996; second choice = 3,368

Total spoilt after 1st preference count:753

Total spoilt after 2nd preference count: 5

Total who did not vote for Davies or Jones as 2nd preference: 9,320

Total who gave no 2nd preference: 1,970

Statement of Verification

The eligible electorate for this election was: 223,608

The number of verified votes is: 62,138

Of which:

The number of postal votes issued was: 59,526

The number of postal votes returned was: 36,528

Making the percentage of postal votes returned: 61.4%

Making the overall percentage turnout: 28%