A Mayoral Combined Authority
On 9 May Tracy Brabin was elected the first Mayor of West Yorkshire. With specific powers on transport, housing, regeneration, finance and policing, the Mayor will work with the Mayoral Combined Authority, council leaders, business representatives and partners for the benefit of the region.
The final results of first and second preference votes are:
Tracy Brabin, Labour - 310,923
Matt Robinson, Conservatives - 209,137
The Mayor of West Yorkshire works alongside the leaders of the councils in West Yorkshire (Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds, and Wakefield) to help make the region an even better place to live, work, visit and do business.
The Mayor is also responsible for functions previously exercised by the Police and Crime Commissioner including setting out a police and crime plan and determining police and crime objectives.
West Yorkshire Combined Authority & our devolution deal
The election of the Mayor has been made possible through a devolution deal, which was agreed by West Yorkshire’s five council leaders and the Government in March 2020 and became law in January 2021. The devolution deal will bring at least an additional £1.8 billion public investment into local control over the next 30 years, and is the biggest deal of its kind.
This means that decisions previously taken in London will now be taken in West Yorkshire, by people who know and understand the region and the places within it, and we now have more influence and ability to invest in the things that matter locally, such as better transport, skills, housing and regeneration. The Mayor of West Yorkshire is the directly elected chair of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, which brings together local councils and businesses to build a strong, successful economy.
The Combined Authority
Learn more about West Yorkshire Combined Authority and how we work in partnership with local councils and businesses.
The devolution deal
Read how the devolution deal sets out the new powers, funding and responsibilities which will be transferred from central Government to West Yorkshire.
What does the devolution deal mean for my area?
Discover what the devolution deal means for the area of West Yorkshire you live in.
Tracy Brabin elected first Mayor of West Yorkshire
“This election of a Mayor of West Yorkshire marks the start of a new chapter for devolution in the region."
Today marks a year since West Yorkshire leaders and Government signed the landmark £1.8 billion West Yorkshire Devolution Deal
Landmark West Yorkshire Devolution Deal Becomes Law
The landmark £1.8 billion West Yorkshire devolution deal became law today, after the devolution order was approved by the House of Commons and the House of Lords, and signed into law by Minister for Regional Growth and Local Government, Luke Hall MP.