A former mayor today won a legal fight over library funding which a leading judge said raised "important issues" about local authority power structures.
Peter Davies, who was the elected mayor of Doncaster from 2009 until earlier this year, came under fire from a local woman after deciding not to spent nearly £400,000 on libraries.
Carol Buck look legal action claiming that Mr Davies had acted unlawfully by refusing to implement a "budget amendment" on library funding agreed by councillors.
A High Court judge had ruled against Ms Buck and three appeal judges today also rejected her claim.
But one appeal judge - Lord Dyson, the second most senior judge in England and Wales - said Ms Buck's case had been important.
"Ms Buck claims a declaration that the mayor has acted unlawfully in refusing to implement the budget amendment determined by the full council," said Lord Dyson.
"The claim raises important issues as to the division of powers between a directly elected executive and the full council of a local authority."
The Mayor of Doncaster, says the English Democrat party is "lurching to the right" as more members join from the BNP.
Peter Davies left the party last night over fears that it is becoming too right wing.
He will remain in his post as Mayor as an 'independent', a term Mr Davies told Calendar he doesn't like.
Mr Davies continued: "A good Mayor is a Mayor without a party. English Democrat policies have never played any part in my running of the town. I intend to stay without a party and will be running for election again in May. Nothing will change for the people of Doncaster."
The Mayor of Doncaster has quit his party, the English Democrats. Peter Davies, believes the party has been infiltrated by members who have recently left the British National Party.
He will now continue as the town's mayor as an Independent.