Meet the winner

Possibly the youngest ever Doncaster councilllor, Rachel Hodson, 23, who took the Thorne Ward for Labour. Picture: Marie Caley D2415MC
Possibly the youngest ever Doncaster councilllor, Rachel Hodson, 23, who took the Thorne Ward for Labour. Picture: Marie Caley D2415MC

VOTERS have elected the borough’s youngest ever councillor to represent the people of Thorne.

Labour candidate Rachel Hodson, 23, won the seat after receiving the backing over half of the ward’s voters in the local elections.

She replaces previous incumbent Carol Williams, of the Community Group, who decided not to stand for Doncaster Council re-election due to illness.

Miss Hodson claimed 1696 votes which was over 55 per cent of the ballot and more than 700 clear of her nearest rival John Brown of the Conservatives.

Tony Brookes, the current mayor of Thorne, finished third in last Thursday’s polls.

Miss Hodson said: “I would like to thank the voters of Thorne for putting their faith in me. I will not let them down.

“It feels fantastic to have their support and to know they don’t think age is a barrier to politics.

“When we were out on the streets most people said they thought it was great to see young people being politically engaged. They said they wanted to see fresh ideas and fresh blood.

“For what I lack in years I make up in enterprise, confidence and a determination to do the best for the people of Thorne.”

She added: “I’d like to pay tribute to Carol Williams for the sterling work she has done over many years. I’ve got a hard act to follow.”

Former Doncaster Labour leader Joe Blackham retained his Stainforth and Moorends seat with a 1,100 plus majority, while the party also held the Hatfield ward.

Pat Knight won the race after receiving more than 1500 votes. She replaces her husband Ken Knight, Doncaster’s civic mayor, who did not stand for re-election.

And Labour’s success in Thorne and district was replicated across the borough.

It gained seven new councillors and now occupies more than two thirds of the Mansion House.

FULL RESULTS

Thorne: Tony Brookes (Community Group) 723, John Brown (Conservative) 951, * Rachel Hodson (Labour) 1696, Richard Walker (Independent) 663.

Stainforth and Moorends: * Joe Blackham (Labour) 1582, Martin Drake (Conservative) 471, Margaret Holt-Taylor (English Democrats) 394, Dave Owen (BNP) 288, John Quinn (Independent) 135, Allison Wilson (Community Group) 232.

Hatfield: Jessie Credland 604, Mick Glynn (English Democrats) 673, James Hart (Conservative) 556, * Pat Knight (Labour) 1519, Peter Knight (Independent) 169, Stewart Rayner (Community Group) 329.