Ros Jones' victory speech

Doncaster win

Doncaster's elected Labour's Ros Jones as its first ever woman mayor, ousting former English Democrat Peter Davies.


Here's a transcript of her victory speech:

Thank you.

 

This is a hugely proud and humbling moment for me.

 

It's a great result for Labour, and it's a fantastic result for Doncaster - our borough, our town.

 

After four wasted years, Doncaster has entrusted me, our first ever woman mayor, to take our borough forward.

 

To provide the strong leadership needed to allow our wonderful town to realise its great potential.

 

Doncaster's spoken, and it has said it wants a Mayor who will always be on its side.

 

Who will stand up against David Cameron and his Tory-led government.

 

Who will go out and sell Doncaster to the world to bring jobs and growth here.

 

Who will bring about change in the council services, especially children's services, which need urgent improvement.

 

Today we're seeing Ed Miliband's One Nation Labour Party winning back trust of the British people across the country.

 

We're a Party making real progress, listening more, doing politics in a different way.

 

Do not underestimate the scale of the task Doncaster's Labour Party faced in winning today and beating an incumbent who sought to present himself as somehow anti-party politics.

 

The people of Doncaster have put a great responsibility on my shoulders.

 

Times are tough, we have a Tory-led government delivering the most ruthless cuts to local government we've had in modern times.

 

But I think we can - together - drive our borough forward.

 

To everyone  who voted for me, to those who voted for other candidates, and to those who didn't vote at all, I make this promise -

 

I will work tirelessly for you, the people of the town I love, to deliver a bold new direction for Doncaster.

 

Mr Returning Officer, may I thank you for running an efficient and safe election.

 

Thank you to South Yorkshire Police.

 

A huge thank you to my agent and every Labour member who has helped in this campaign, you've been fantastic. A special thanks to Lauren Allpress who has worked so hard.

 

And thank you to our wonderful three MPs, Rosie, Caroline and of course Ed - I'm very grateful for the huge support you've given me.

 

The election may be over, the hard work starts now.

 

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