On 9 May Tracy Brabin was elected the first Mayor of West Yorkshire.
With specific powers on transport, housing, regeneration, finance and policing, the Mayor will work with the Mayoral Combined Authority, council leaders, business representatives and partners for the benefit of the region. The Labour candidate was declared winner of the county’s history-making mayoral election following counts at Leeds’s first direct arena and other local venues.
Votes were cast on Thursday in Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield, with an overall turnout figure of 36.5 per cent. Ms Brabin secured victory over second-placed Matt Robinson (Conservative) by 310,923 votes to 209,137 votes, after the counting of both first and second preference votes. The total number of first preference votes cast for each candidate was:
Tracy Brabin (Labour) – 261,170
Matt Robinson (Conservative) – 176,167
Bob Buxton (Yorkshire Party) – 58,851
Andrew Cooper (Green) – 55,833
Stewart Golton (Lib Dem) – 30,162
Waj Ali (Reform UK) – 14,943
Thérèse Hirst (English Democrats – “Putting England First!”) – 8,969
The Mayor of West Yorkshire will have a similar role to the Mayors of Greater Manchester, Liverpool City Region and other regions in England that have secured devolution deals.
The Mayor of West Yorkshire is a figurehead for the region, working with the Mayoral Combined Authority, council leaders, business representatives and partners to prioritise issues that really matter to people and communities in the region. The Mayor will bring the region greater influence within Government at national level, including on economic recovery, the power to shape Government policy and access further funding.
The Mayor has a demanding and wide-ranging role representing a population of 2.3 million residents of West Yorkshire. The Mayor supports the objectives of the Combined Authority to deliver regeneration and economic development, and co-ordination of long-term transformational programmes, and budget responsibility.
The Mayor is responsible for specific functions of the Combined Authority that are ‘Mayoral Functions’ and functions of the Police and Crime Commissioner. The Mayoral Functions are: transport-related functions, housing and planning functions, and finance powers. The Mayor also has the ability to bring together partners across the region to drive clean and inclusive growth to ensure investments are prioritised in a way that makes a real difference to the people of West Yorkshire. The Mayor will also be a member of the LEP board.
The Mayor is a member of the Mayoral Combined Authority and will chair its meetings. The other members will continue to be:
- an appointed representative from each of the constituent councils of the West Yorkshire region (likely to be the leaders of each council)
- one member from the LEP board
- one member from York City Council as a non-constituent council
- three additional elected members for political balance jointly appointed by the Constituent Councils.
With special responsibility for areas such as transport, housing and finance, the Mayor will work alongside the leaders of the councils in Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield to help make the county an even better place to live.
The election will also change the way police and crime matters are overseen in West Yorkshire, with the Mayor taking on the functions of the Police and Crime Commissioner, supported by an appointed Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime. A full breakdown of results from the mayoral election can be found at www.leeds.gov.uk
Find out more about the new Mayor of West Yorkshire, Tracy Brabin www.westyorks-ca.gov.uk