Mayoral sensation as town picks outsider

DONCASTER yesterday swapped Labour rule for the right-wing English Democrats, sensationally picking a rank outsider to become its second directly elected mayor.

Peter Davies came from nowhere to poll 25,344 votes, pushing Labour, which has been in power in Doncaster for the last 40 years, into third place.

Mr Davies, a retired teacher, campaigned on an authoritarian programme of zero tolerance for anti-social behaviour, stopping translation services for immigrants and scrapping "politically correct non-jobs" on Doncaster Council.

He also pledged to reduce the mayor's salary from 62,000 to 30,000 and cut the number of councillors from 63 to 21.

Last night, he promised to be a "new brush, creating a different type of Doncaster Council".

He said: "I won this campaign because I promised Doncaster the things that it wanted.

"We have had a corrupt and spendaholic council, and Doncaster is laughed at all over the country.

"I will get rid of the dreadful political correctness and introduce a refreshingly open regime."

The runner-up, Independent candidate Mick Maye, described the result as "one of the saddest days Doncaster has had in its political arena".

Mr Davies's son, Philip, is the Tory MP for Shipley.

Last night, MP Mr Davies said: "It's remarkable, to win an election like that from nowhere is really an astonishing achievement."