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.[2][3]

Mayor of West Yorkshire
Tracy Brabin

since 10 May 2021
West Yorkshire Combined Authority
StatusCombined authority metro mayor
Member ofWest Yorkshire Combined Authority
ResidenceWellington House, 40–50 Wellington Street, Leeds
NominatorPolitical parties or self-nomination
AppointerElectorate of West Yorkshire
by supplementary vote
Term length4 years, renewable
Constituting instrumentCities and Local Government Devolution Act 2016
PrecursorChair of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority
Inaugural holderTracy 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.

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