Two more joining race to be mayor

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TWO more candidates have thrown their hats in the ring in the race to become Doncaster’s elected mayor.

The Conservatives have named former parliamentary hopeful Martin Drake as their man for the ballot in May.

And retired trade union leader Doug Wright has also confirmed he will stand, on an independent platform.

The pair take the total to five candidates who have made it known publicly that they will stand.

Current mayor Peter Davies has confirmed he will stand as an independent, after resigning from the English Democrats.

Labour has already announced former civic mayor Coun Ros Jones as its candidate.

And market trader Mick Maye, a former councillor who was second in the last mayoral ballot, has also said he will stand.

Mr Drake, a dairy farmer from Fenwick, previously stood against Ed Miliband in the Doncaster North constituency in 2005, and has also stood for council in the past. He is a school governor at Campsmount and Askern Spa schools.

He said the main focus of his manifesto would be trying to get more investment and jobs into Doncaster.

He said: “I want to help small businesses and get young people into work. I want to make sure they have a bright future in Doncaster.

“I also want to cut bureaucracy in the council and increase the amount of money we spend on helping children.”

He says he does not like to see money spent with no positive outcomes.

Mr Wright worked as the Doncaster branch secretary of the local government union NALGO, then its successor organisation, Unison, from 1988 until 2005.

A former Labour Party member who left the party because he was unhappy with the way the party was going under Tony Blair, he has more recently been involved in the campaign to save two Doncaster libraries from closure.

He said he wanted to stand under the slogan Save Your Service.

He said: “I will stand to oppose cuts. I may not be able to do anything about the current financial year as the budget will already have been done, but I would like to make savings in consultants and agency costs. I’d like to see what we are currently paying in procurement bills.”