Here is a list of all the candidates standing for election to become West Yorkshire Mayor on Thursday 6 May 2021.
We’re writing to all the candidates to ask them about why they are standing and what their policies are. We will publish their answers as they send them in so keep checking back to compare answers and make your choice.
The Mayoral election will use the ‘Supplementary Vote’ system with each voter casting votes for their first and second preference candidates. If no candidate gets an overall majority of first preference votes the two leading candidates go into the final round. To decide the winner, all votes for candidates which didn’t make it through to the final round are redistributed based on the second preference.
(address in Wakefield)
Tracy Lynn Brabin
(address in Kirklees)
Labour stepped in when the government failed during the pandemic. Keeping people safe, delivering test and trace, providing PPE, rolling out vaccinations and feeding school children when the Conservatives refused.
As mayor, I will build on that and lead our recovery. The pandemic has exposed deep inequalities in West Yorkshire – on health, employment, access to education and the poorest have been hardest hit. Delivering that recovery and closing those divides requires real ambition. As mayor I will:
- Create 1000 well paid, skilled jobs for young people
- Prioritise skills and training to ensure people have the skills they need to secure work.
- Support local businesses and champion our regional economy.
- Recruit 750 more frontline police officers and staff to fight crime.
- Put keeping women and girls safe at the heart of my policing plan.
- Bring buses back under public control, simplify fares and fight for smart ticketing.
- Build 5000 sustainable homes – including council houses and affordable homes.
- And I will lead the battle to tackle the climate emergency and protect our environment.
I am proud of where I grew up and I am determined that we do not go back to business as usual. We must be ambitious and we must seize this opportunity.
(address in Leeds)
Andrew Varah COOPER
(address in Kirklees)
5 Farrer Lane, Oulton, Leeds, LS26 8JP
(address in Bradford)
Former leader of Veritas party founded by Robert Kilroy-Silk, and now Deputy Chairman of the English Democrats party.
Born in Bradford, read Theology at Durham University, later studied Law at Leeds University, gained PGDL at the College of Law, York. Sat as an independent Board member of South Bradford Community Housing Trust, and on the board of the non-partisan organisation a Campaign for an Independent Britain who met at Portcullis House, Westminster. Taught Religious Education, and later Law at Bradford College.
Work in the local community dealing with planning issues and providing pro bono legal advice and representation. Co-founded the English Hedgehog Preservation Society.
Here are just some of the many policy areas which I am keen to implement:
- Designing green, spacious, affordable, energy efficient homes using sustainable materials, reducing carbon emissions and improving health and mental wellbeing.
Research shows that adults with poor basic skills are up to five times more likely to be unemployed or out of the labour market.
- Appoint an apprenticeship and employment tsar to work with businesses and key partners to provide access to real jobs, and vocational training.
Many of our 90,000 small businesses, employing 1.1m people, have gone without government support during the pandemic.
- Accessing finance in the form of one-off grants will be vital to securing jobs when the furlough scheme ends.
Oppose any further lockdown of our economy, as lockdowns have a detrimental effect on so many other aspects of our lives.
The Conservative Party Candidate
(address in Leeds)
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