I was born in Scarborough and lived there until 1981 when I was shipped over to Germany with the British Army. I served with the Royal Corps of Signals in Germany, Belgium and the Falklands until 1993.
On leaving the service my wife and I moved to Doncaster, her home town, with our three children.
Over the last 27 years, I have invested time and energy into helping local children as the chairman and head coach of Danum Phoenix junior rugby team. My wife and I have also looked after children for short-term respite care and as foster parents.
I have a depth of experience from serving in the Army, having worked as an apprentice mechanical engineer, a Financial Advisor, in the printing industry and currently in car sales. This is all experience I will bring to the role of mayor.
Why Vote Yorkshire Party?
Yorkshire has a larger population than Scotland and an economy twice the size of Wales but the powers of neither. Our region has been neglected by politicians in Westminster for years. Whether it’s underfunding of our children’s education or poor transport investment, Yorkshire deserves better.
This election is your chance to vote for better for our towns and to send a message to London. That’s why you should vote for Andy Budden as Mayor of Doncaster and your local Yorkshire Party candidate.
Throughout the pandemic, frontline services have gone above and beyond. However, many now feel cheated by the government. As mayor, I will pressure Westminster to match the 4% increase offered in Scotland and deliver the new hospital that we were promised. From Montagu Hospital and Doncaster Royal Infirmary to community healthcare, our NHS staff deserve better.
Good-quality social housing benefits everyone - not just those living in it. For too long, communities in Doncaster have been forgotten. Providing good quality homes gives people respect and self-worth, saving money on social services in the long term. Working with residents, I want to invest in neglected estates, reduce crime and help restore pride in our towns and villages.
Doncaster has a vibrant and diverse history. Lockdown has brought many communities together. As mayor, I want to build on this by bringing back Pride events and expanding our culture markets to celebrate everyone
in our community. Such events are an excellent way to share experiences and understanding, as well as championing local traders and new businesses.
Doncaster Council has neglected our heritage for years. Last election, the Yorkshire Party campaigned to save the Old Girls School and we have done! We will continue to give a voice to residents and make sure DMBC and government listen. I want to you to feel proud to live here and show that people from Yorkshire are strong, capable and will fight for what is right.