Miliband set to slide further down Doncaster popularity list after election performance

Labour Party leader Ed Miliband and his wife Justine after casting their votes at Sutton village hall in Doncaster. Chris Radburn/PA Wire
Labour Party leader Ed Miliband and his wife Justine after casting their votes at Sutton village hall in Doncaster. Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Ed Miliband, who earlier this year was declared only the fourth most influential man in Doncaster, looks set to slide even further down the list following the Labour party’s dismal performance in the General Election.

The knives are out for the Labour leader and Doncaster North MP as early election results showed the party had lost dozens of seats across the country.

Earlier this year The Star’s sister newspaper The Doncaster Free Press published its Doncaster Power 50 list.

It put the Labour leader in fourth place behind the town’s mayor, the chief executive of the council and Louis Tomlinson from One Direction.

Placing behind local officials and a boy band singer may have seemed like a bitter blow for the Doncaster North MP, but it was actually an improvement on last year, when he placed sixth.

When Doncaster-born pop superstar Louis isn’t belting out hits around the globe with the chart-topping boy band, he plays for Doncaster Rovers FC as a defender on a non-contract basis.

Thomlinson has more than 18m followers on Twitter, dwarfing Miliband’s total, which is just short of 383,000.

The town’s Labour mayor Ros Jones topped the list, followed by council chief executive Jo Miller.

Mrs Miller was appointed in 2011, after the previously struggling council had spent a year under the control of an emergency manager appointed by Communities Secretary Eric Pickles.

Fifth place in the Power 50 list went to Chris Burton of South Yorkshire Newspapers, who was Editor in Chief of the Doncaster Free Press, South Yorkshire Times, Epworth Bells and Doncaster Star newspapers.