The Mayor of West Yorkshire’s first 10 days in office

It has been a busy first week for Tracy Brabin, the first ever Mayor of West Yorkshire and first Metro Mayor in the country.

21 May 2021.

On Monday, she signed the oath of office to officially start her Mayoral term and on Tuesday, the West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner oath, accepting police and crime functions as Mayor. Mayor Brabin is able to appoint a Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime to support her, and she has announced Alison Lowe as her preferred candidate for this crucial role, subject to review by the Police and Crime Panel. Alison Lowe was previously a Leeds City Councillor for Armley where she served as Chair of the West Yorkshire Police and Crime Panel.

On Friday, Mayor Brabin met with the West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s Transport Committee and discussed making significant steps forward in bringing buses back into local control. Transport is one of Mayor Brabin’s big pledges to voters and she is pleased to see this moving forward with an Enhanced Bus Partnership, unlocking millions of pounds in funding to improve services and to progress work to enhance greater public control.

During her second week, Mayor Brabin met with Dan Jarvis MP and Mayor of Sheffield City Region at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park to celebrate places reopening in the latest phase of lockdown easing. They discussed how they can work together across both regions, particularly on the innovation corridor, skills for young people and improving transport.

Here are Mayor Brabin’s ten election pledges:

  1. Create 1000 well paid skilled jobs for young people.
  2. Prioritise skills and training to ensure everyone in West Yorkshire has the skills they need to secure work.
  3. Support local businesses and be a champion for our regional economy.
  4. Lead a creative new deal to ensure our creative industries are part of the broader recovery strategy.
  5. Appoint an inclusivity champion to work to ensure the region’s recovery benefits us all.
  6. Recruit 750 more frontline police officers and staff to fight crime.
  7. Put keeping women and girls safe at the heart of the policing plan.
  8. Bring buses back under public control, introduce simpler fares, contactless ticketing and greener buses.
  9. Build 5000 sustainable homes including council houses and affordable homes.
  10. Tackle the climate emergency and protect our environment.


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You can also follow the Mayor on Twitter at @MayorOfWY