Countdown to election starts

Lancashire elections
Lancashire elections

Labour leader Ed Miliband has kicked off his bid to become Prime Minister, as the countdown to the most hotly contested general election in decades gets underway.

Following the dissolution of Parliament on Monday, the leaders of the main three parties hit the campaign trail with the Doncaster North MP beginning by focusing on Labour’s small business campaign.

Speaking on Twitter, Mr Miliband said if elected Labour would cut business rates for 1.5 million firms, act on late payments and establish a British Investment Bank to boost lending.

This year a total of 55 local council seats in 21 wards across the borough are up for election this year.

A total of 308 parish council seats in 55 wards are also up for election.

Nominations for local, parish and town council elections must be sent to Civic Offices in Waterdale no later than 4pm on Thursday (April 9).

The same deadline applies for those standing in the parliamentary elections in the Doncaster North, Doncaster Central and Don Valley constituencies.

The elections will take place on May 7.

Check next week’s Free Press for an election special and visit and for all latest updates.