West Yorkshire Mayor

Here is a list of all the candidates standing for election to become West Yorkshire Mayor on Thursday 2 May 2024.

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.

Unlike the last Mayoral election 2021 which used use the ‘Supplementary Vote’ system, this election will be ‘First past the post’ like most elections in the UK.

 

Tracy Lynn BRABIN

Labour & Co-operative Party

Address in Kirklees*

 

Bob BUXTON

Yorkshire Party

Address in Leeds*

 

Andrew Varah COOPER

Green Party

76 Brockholes Lane, Holmfirth, HD9 7EB

 

Arnold Eric CRAVEN

The Conservative Party Candidate

Address in Wakefield*

I was born in Leeds, my dad was from East End Park in east Leeds, and my mum was born and raised in Pontefract.

After a childhood where I grew up, for a time, in a really tough council estate in south Wakefield, I became one of the first people in my family to go to university. I’ve built a successful career in property and infrastructure, and I am now a senior manager at a multi billion pound energy infrastructure company.

I live near Thornes Park in Wakefield, and when I’m not standing to be Mayor, I spend my time riding motorbikes and struggling to cook the perfect steak.

Across my career I’ve been involved in bringing over £300 million private sector investment to West Yorkshire. I’m standing as Mayor because I want to put that professional experience to use, and use the powers of the Mayor to actually deliver things for West Yorkshire. I’ve lived here all my life – I think one of the biggest issues our region faces is that there’s a bit too much talk from politicians, and not quite enough action. I will change that.

You can read more at www.acforwestyorkshire.co.uk

 

Stewart GOLTON

Liberal Democrats

5 Farrer Lane, Oulton, Leeds, LS26 8JP

 

Jonathan Richard TILT

Independent

Address in Kirklees*

We’ve got higher taxes and worse public services. Politics clearly isn’t working or at least it isn’t working for you and me. This isn’t plain incompetence- although there is an abundance of that. Politics as practised through political parties isn’t meant to work for us it’s meant to serve those who fund the parties.

The extra mortgage interest, energy charges, food costs and council tax that you are now paying. Where is this money actually going to? Who benefits? Follow the money and you will find the answers.

The only solution is to stop voting for political parties. It doesn’t matter which party you vote for red or blue, small or big. They will deliver the same. More taxes and less public services.

Electing me as Mayor of West Yorkshire won’t change the world overnight. But it will send a message that the parties are over and that the people plan to take back control from the corrupted Westminster system. I will serve you not them. As a starter I will take 50% of the obscene mayoral salary of £106,000 and donate the balance to local community sports clubs across our great county.

Be independent. Vote Independent.

Jonathan Tilt

 

* In England, if a candidate has requested not to make their home address public, the relevant electoral area in which their home address (or country if their address is outside the UK) will be provided.