Tracy Brabin

Tracy Lynn Brabin (born 9 May 1961) is a British Labour and Co-operative politician serving as the first Mayor of West Yorkshire since May 2021. She was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Batley and Spen from 2016 to 2021.[1]


Tracy Brabin
Official portrait, 2020
Mayor of West Yorkshire
Assumed office
10 May 2021
Preceded byOffice established
Shadow Minister for Cultural Industries
In office
9 April 2020  16 December 2020
LeaderKeir Starmer
Preceded byKevin Brennan (Arts and Heritage)
Succeeded byAlison McGovern
Shadow Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
In office
7 January 2020  6 April 2020
LeaderJeremy Corbyn
Preceded byTom Watson
Succeeded byJo Stevens
Shadow Minister for Early Years
In office
3 July 2017  7 January 2020
LeaderJeremy Corbyn
Preceded byTulip Siddiq
Succeeded byTulip Siddiq
Member of Parliament
for Batley and Spen
In office
20 October 2016  10 May 2021
Preceded byJo Cox
Succeeded byKim Leadbeater
Personal details
Born (1961-05-09) 9 May 1961 (age 60)
Batley, West Riding of Yorkshire, England
Political partyLabour and Co-operative
Alma materLoughborough University
University of the Arts London
Websitehttps://www.westyorks-ca.gov.uk/a-mayoral-combined-authority/your-mayor/

Born in Batley, Brabin was an actress and television writer prior to entering politics, appearing in several British soap operas including Coronation Street, EastEnders, Casualty and Emmerdale. She was elected for Batley and Spen in an October 2016 by-election after the murder of previous incumbent Jo Cox. She was appointed as Shadow Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport by Jeremy Corbyn in January 2020, succeeding former Deputy Labour Leader Tom Watson. In April 2020, new Labour Leader Keir Starmer removed Brabin from the Shadow Cabinet and appointed her Shadow Minister for Cultural Industries. She resigned as an MP after winning the 2021 West Yorkshire mayoral election. Her resignation triggered a by-election, which Labour's Kim Leadbeater narrowly won. She is the first ever woman to be a metro-mayor.