Magazine article Public Finance

Doncaster Mayor Refuses to Resign

Magazine article Public Finance

Doncaster Mayor Refuses to Resign

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Doncaster's embattled elected mayor Martin Winter has refused to resign despite a vote of no confidence in his handling of children's services.

Children's minister Beverley Hughes ordered a review of a series of failings that included seven deaths since 2004. The government intervened after an Ofsted inspection found Doncaster was one of only nine local authorities to have children's services rated as inadequate.

Winter left the Labour Party last year and is now an independent. He faces re-election next summer.

On January 19, the council passed a Labour motion by 46 votes to six which called on the mayor to accept full responsibility regarding the failure of the children and young people's service that has occurred within his period of office, and to do 'the only honourable thing and resign with immediate effect'. …

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