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Timeline: Doncaster, a troubled history

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Doncaster has had nearly a decade of troubles, culminating in the national outrage over the child torture court case in January 2010.


Senior Labour councillor and property developer jailed over the ‘Donnygate’ corruption scandal, following the conviction of 21 other councillors for fraud. Elected mayoralty instigated with Martin Winter (Lab) becoming the first postholder.



Managing director Susan Law departs following the deterioration of her relationship with Mr Winter, when she calls police to investigate the Glass Park regeneration project.

Police find no grounds for action. Alastair Robertson, then secretary of the Association of Local Authority Chief Executives, advises members not to “touch that job with a bargepole”.


May: Audit Commission threatens government intervention over Ms Law’s departure, which cost the council £300,000. It warns a breakdown in relations between the mayor and key Labour councillors is hampering the council’s effectiveness.

December: Ofsted says the children’s services department is inadequate after seven vulnerable children die.


March: The government intervenes by sending an improvement board into children’s services after “serious weaknesses” are identified.
June Doncaster elects English Democrat Peter Davies as mayor, replacing Mr Winter, who decided not to run. Mr Davies promises to combat political correctness in local government.


January: Doncaster apologises after a serious case review uncovered “lamentable” failures that allowed two brothers to torture two boys in Edlington. Chief executive Paul Hart resigns but Mr Davies immediately calls on his interim replacement Tim Leader to resign. The Audit Commission announces a corporate governance inspection of the council.

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