Cabinet named as Labour snubs offer

Civic Mayor: Coun Eva Hughes is confirmed as the new civic mayor.
Civic Mayor: Coun Eva Hughes is confirmed as the new civic mayor.
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Mayor Peter Davies has brought in a second independent councillor to his cabinet.

Ray Mullis, an independent councillor for Warmsworth, joins as cabinet member for housing.

Liberal Democrat Eric Tatton-Kelly has also joined as cabinet member for children and young people’s services.

Both join after the main political parties on Doncaster Council - Labour and the Conservatives - decided to limit their involvement with the cabinet.

Labour, who have two thirds of the council seats, refused to take any positions on the cabinet.

The Tories decided to take only one place, leading to Coun Patricia Schofield, the deputy mayor, being thrown out of the Conservative group of councillors for accepting the post.

Mr Davies said: “My intention to form a cabinet has again been to call on colleagues across the political spectrum who can offer a strong contribution to particular portfolio areas.

“The Labour Group has turned down my offer of two portfolios, and possibly a third in due course, which I think is regrettable.

“I am pleased, however, that I have been able to draw together a group of strong and experienced colleagues to form an administration that will be well-balanced and highly committed in taking Doncaster forward through the challenges ahead.”

The Cabinet Members and their portfolios are: Coun Patricia Schofield, deputy mayor; Coun Cynthia Ransome, member for communities; Coun Mark Thompson, member for finance and corporate services; environmental services; trading and support services; Coun Eric Tatton-Kelly, member for children and young people services, and Coun Ray Mullis, member for housing.

Yesterday’s full council meeting also confirmed Wheatley councillor Eva Hughes as the civic mayor. Her deputy in the role will be Coun Christine Mills.