Doncaster Council’s Labour leader to step down after election

Sandra Holland
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DONCASTER Council’s Labour group leader Sandra Holland has announced she is to step down after the local elections in May.

Coun Holland said she was giving up the role after three years to spend more time with family but would remain on the council representing Conisborough and Denaby ward.

She added: “I feel that the time has come for me to take a step back from the front line of politics to spend more time with my family.

“I’ve found leading Labour in Doncaster both challenging and rewarding, and hope that I’ve helped make a difference in the borough during the past three years.

“I would like to thank my council colleagues who have grown in numbers year on year as we continue to win more seats in the borough.

“I look forward to seeing more Labour councillors in the chamber after the local elections.”

Coun Holland became a councillor for Doncaster in 2006. In 2009 she was Labour’s candidate for Mayor of Doncaster.

Coun Holland also paid tribute to local Labour MPs Ed Miliband, Caroline Flint and Rosie Winterton and thanked them for their help.

Labour party leader, and Doncaster North MP, Mr Miliband said: “I would like to thank Sandra for all the work she has done and the great dedication she’s shown to the people of Doncaster throughout her time as Labour’s group leader.

“These are tough times for Doncaster with a Tory-led government doing enormous damage through deep and unfair cuts at the same time as they give millionaires a £40,000 tax break.

“Sandra has been a strong voice in standing up for local people against Cameron’s Tories and the English Democrat mayor. Whoever takes on the role after she steps down in May will have big shoes to fill.”