There has been a mixed reaction in Doncaster this afternoon to the news that Ed Miliband has quit as Labour leader.
He stepped down earlier today after a crushing defeat at the ballot box.
Leslie Roberts, 44, from Wheatley, said: “I’m glad he’s gone. I think they made the wrong decision when they chose Ed as leader, it should have been his brother David. He had more ideas for the country and what would help people.”
Labour supporter Derek Williams said he was disappointed, but not surprised, that Labour had not won the election.
Mr Williams, from Bell Vue, said: “I think it’s a huge shame that people have chosen to go for the party that, in my opinion , will make living standards worse.
“Some people have said Labour were too left wing, but I actually think they should have been more left wing. They lacked a clear core message and didn’t deliver a strong anti austerity message.
“I also think there’s an element of people preferring to go with the status quo rather than change.”
When asked about Ed Miliband standing down, the 38-year-old who owns Relay in Doncaster Market, said: “They were probably doomed either way but I don’t think they would have gone very far now with Miliband.”
Steph Holder was also not surprised with the result.
The 61-year-old from Bessacarr said: “He talks the talk but he can’t walk the walk.”
Others were sad to see Mr Miliband go.
Yvonne Radcliffe, 64, of Rossington said: “I would rather that Labour got in than the Conservatives because I think they would have looked after older people better.”
Margaret Whitfield, 71, from Scawthorpe, echoed these views. She said: “I don’t think he should have gone. Who else is there to take his place?”
A woman who wished to remain anonymous said: “I think it’s a shame that Ed didn’t win. He put on a good show. I don’t think he should step down. Wait until we are losing our bus passes, then town will be empty and people will be complaining.”
Mr Miliband will still retain his seat as a Doncaster North MP, where he managed to secure 20,708 votes and increase his majority by 871.
However, not all his constituents were impressed. Charlotte Moat, 20, from Bentley said: “What can he do for our community?”
Speaking to the media and party supporters at George Street in London this afternoon, Mr Miliand said he took ‘absolute and total responsibility’ for the result, offering apologies to big Labour beasts including Ed Balls and Jim Murphy who were defeated overnight.
He added: “Britain needs a strong Labour Party, Britain needs a Labour Party that can rebuild after this debate so we can have a government that stands up for working people again.
“And now it is time for someone else to take forward the leadership of this party. So I am tendering my resignation, taking effect after this afternoon’s commemoration of VE Day at the Cenotaph.
“I want to do so straight away because the party needs to have an open and honest debate about the right way forward, without constraint.”