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Doncaster mayoral elections

It's been described as a poisoned chalice - one of the toughest jobs in politics. But on Thursday, ten candidates will compete to become the mayor of Doncaster.

The Council has been heavily criticised in the past with central government even stepping in to control children's services.

But all of the candidates are promising a break with the past, as our Political Correspondent Paul Brand found out at Doncaster Racecourse, where one candidate will be crowned winner.


Bridlington Mayor's chains stolen

Bridlington's civic chains have been stolen from the home of the mayor who is currently in hospital after suffering a stroke. The chains, valued at £15,000, were stolen from Councillor Michael Charlesworth's house, some time over the weekend.

A safe containing the chains, a wedding ring and engagement ring belonging to the mayor's late wife, together with a Salvation Army charity box, were stolen when his home was burgled between 11am on Friday October 19 and 4.30pm on Sunday October 21.

'Waste Of Public Money'

Councillors in Leeds have issued a joint statement criticising the Government for approving plans to distribute 'deeply unsatisfactory' leaflets to more than 400,000 homes across the city. The document details the forthcoming Mayoral election.

Leeds is being forced to print avery confusing question on its ballot papers in May, which the Council may yetseek to challenge. The leading nature of that question will only be compoundedby the selective information contained within this centrally approved andcentrally funded leaflet.**


– Joint statement from Cllrs Keith Wakefield, Andrew Carter, and Stewart Golton.

Councillors say voters could be given unbalanced information that could impact on the decision they are being asked to make in May about how their city will be run.

The Council will dispatch the Government approved leaflet this week.

The Government may be footing the bill for this leaflet instead of the Council but it remains a poor use of £150k of public money.

– Joint statement from Cllrs Keith Wakefield, Andrew Carter, and Stewart Golton.
  • Cllr Keith Wakefield, Leader, Labour group
  • Andrew Carter, Leader, Conservative Group
  • Stewart Golton, Leader, Liberal Democrat Group