TWO people have already put their names in the frame to take over the leadership of Doncaster Council’s Labour group.
The current leader, Sandra Holland, has announced she will be standing down from the post after the council elections next month.
But the council’s Labour group chairman Coun Mick Jameson has confirmed two people have said they are interested in standing for the leadership – one of them a man, the other a woman.
But the plans to change leader after the election has sparked criticism from Doncaster’s elected mayor Peter Davies, who claims it will mean Doncaster residents will be voting for a party without knowing who will be leading it.
Mr Davies said: “I think voters will want to know who is going to be leading Labour after the election.”
Coun Jameson rejected any criticism of the timing of the party vote after next month’s council elections, and said the party always voted on its party positions at that time.
He said: “Sandra is leading the party until the end of the council term.
“The election for the party leadership always takes place after the council elections in May, so the new councillors get the opportunity to cast their vote for who will be leading them.
“It is something that we do every year. Every position will be up for grabs.”
Coun Holland announced last month that she was standing down from her role as party leader, saying she wanted to spend more time with her family.
But she has confirmed she will still remain as a ward councillor for the Conisbrough and Denaby areas.
She has been the Labour leader for the last three years and said she hoped she had ‘made a difference’ to Doncaster during her three years in the post.
Doncaster North MP and Labour Party leader Ed Miliband paid tribute to her after she announced she was standing down, describing her as a strong voice in standing up for local people against both the Government and the elected mayor.