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Metropolitan Borough of Doncaster

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Borough of Doncaster
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Doncaster

Geography
Status:Metropolitan borough
Region:Yorkshire and the Humber
Ceremonial County:South Yorkshire
Area:
- Total
Ranked 87th
567.98 km²
Admin. HQ:Doncaster
ONS code:00CE
Demographics
Population:
- Total (2003 est.)
- Density
Ranked 19th
288,409
508 / km²
Ethnicity:97.7% White
1.1% S.Asian
Politics
Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council
http://www.doncaster.gov.uk/
Leadership:Mayor & Cabinet
Mayor:Martin Winter
(Labour)
MPs:Jeff Ennis, Caroline Flint, Ed Miliband, Rosie Winterton

Doncaster is a metropolitan borough in South Yorkshire, England.

In addition to the town of Doncaster, the borough covers Mexborough, Conisbrough, Thorne and Finningley, where the former Royal Air Force Vulcan bomber base was converted into a passenger airport, Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield, opened in spring 2005.

The town was the centre of the South Yorkshire Coalfield until it closed down during the 1980's. It was also a large railway centre and remains as such, although less important than it once was.

The council was the subject of a major police investigation in the late 1990s, when it became apparent that several councillors were guilty of corruption. Over twenty councillors, all of them from the majority Labour Party, admitted to various frauds or were convicted of them, leaving very few Labour councillors in their jobs. Most of them had made quite small false expense claims, but some had taken large bribes in return for granting planning permission.

It is widely thought that this scandal, which became popularly known as "Donnygate", was a major factor behind the residents of the area voting for the establishment of a directly-elected mayor in 2001. The first mayor, Martin Winter, representing the Labour Party, was elected in 2002 and successfully defended his post in 2005. The council as a whole has been dominated by the Labour Party traditionally, but in the 2004 local elections, they lost overall control of the council (though they retained more councillors than any other single party).

Places

Settlements in the borough of Doncaster include:

Adwick-le-Street, Arksey, Armthorpe, Askern, Auckley, Austerfield
Balby, Barnburgh, Barnby Dun, Bawtry, Belle Vue, Bentley, Bessacarr, Blaxton, Braithwaite, Braithwell, Branton, Brodsworth, Burghwallis
Cadeby, Campsall, Cantley, Carcroft, Clayton, Clifton, Conisbrough
Denaby, Dunsville
Edlington
Fenwick, Finningley, Fishlake
Hampole, Hatfield, Hayfield, Hexthorpe, Hickleton, High Melton, Hooton Pagnell
Kirk Sandall
Loversall
Mexborough
Norton
Rossington
Scawthorpe, Skellow, Sprotbrough, Stainforth, Stainton, Sykehouse
Thorne, Tickhill
Wadworth, Warmsworth, Wheatley

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Barnsley | Bradford | Calderdale | Craven | Doncaster | East Riding of Yorkshire | Hambleton | Harrogate | Hull | Kirklees | Leeds | North Lincolnshire | North East Lincolnshire | Richmondshire | Rotherham | Ryedale | Scarborough | Selby | Sheffield | Wakefield | York
Administrative counties with multiple districts: North Yorkshire - South Yorkshire - West Yorkshire
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