Mayor of West Yorkshire
The Mayor of West Yorkshire is a directly elected mayor responsible for the metropolitan county of West Yorkshire in England. The Mayor chairs and leads the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, and assumes the office and powers of the West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner.
|Mayor of West Yorkshire|
|West Yorkshire Combined Authority|
|Status||Combined authority metro mayor|
|Member of||West Yorkshire Combined Authority|
|Residence||Wellington House, 40–50 Wellington Street, Leeds|
|Nominator||Political parties or self-nomination|
|Appointer||Electorate of West Yorkshire|
by supplementary vote
|Term length||4 years, renewable|
|Constituting instrument||Cities and Local Government Devolution Act 2016|
|Precursor||Chair of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority|
|Inaugural holder||Tracy Brabin|
Based on the Cities and Local Government Devolution Act 2016, the West Yorkshire devolution deal was announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, in the March 2020 budget. It was formally signed by the UK Government and the region's five metropolitan borough councils (Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield) and after a public consultation on the deal, it became law in January 2021. The deal is the biggest of its kind and transfers decisions about investment in transport, skills, housing and regeneration from Parliament to West Yorkshire. The mayoralty also incorporates the functions of the police and crime commissioner and is able to appoint a deputy mayor for policing and crime.
The first mayoral election took place on 6 May 2021. The inaugural mayor was elected by the supplementary vote (SV) system to an initial three-year term, with the second mayoral election planned to take place in 2024; thereafter, the successful candidates are to be granted full four-year terms. The first elected mayor is Tracy Brabin, Member of Parliament (MP) for Batley and Spen, who stood down as MP on being elected mayor.