Labour group leader to quit after election

Sandra Holland
Sandra Holland

DONCASTER Council’s Labour Group Leader Sandra Holland has announced she will step down following May’s elections.

Coun Holland has decided to step down from the role after three years to spend more time with her family, although will still remain as the council representative for the Conisborough and Denaby ward.

She said: “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.”

Coun Holland has been a councillor since 2006, and in 2009 was chosen as Labour’s candidate for mayor. She came behind current mayor Peter Davies and Mick Maye in the polls.

However, during her time as leader Labour has enjoyed election success and is now the majority group on the council with 43 of the 63 Mansion House chamber seats, followed by the Tories with nine seats.

The party has not said who will replace Coun Holland as leader.

Labour Leader and Doncaster North MP Ed Miliband paid tribute to Coun Holland.

He 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.

“Sandra has been a strong voice in standing up for local people.

“Whoever takes on the role after she steps down in May will have big shoes to fill.”