On 6 May 2021 the election for the first Mayor of West Yorkshire will take place.
We held the first briefing session for candidates on Thursday 11 February. This session focused on the work of the Combined Authority, the content and implications of the West Yorkshire Devolution Deal, and the role of the Mayor once elected.
We held a second briefing for candidates on Thursday 18 March. This session focused on the role of the Mayoral policing and crime functions.
A third session will be held following close of nominations.
The Combined Area Returning Officer briefings, hosted by Leeds City Council are scheduled as follows:
- Pre nomination – 1 March, 6pm – 7.30pm
- Post nomination – 12 April, 6pm – 7.30pm
Resources for candidates
Candidate communications and engagement
The Combined Area Returning Officer, accountable for the conduct of the election, is Tom Riordan, Chief Executive of Leeds City Council. More information about the election process can be found at leeds.gov.uk/elections.
Queries concerning the nomination and elections process should be directed to Leeds City Council email@example.com
Queries concerning the Combined Authority and the role of the Mayor should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
All responses will adhere to the principles of transparency, fairness, and the proper and proportionate use of West Yorkshire Combined Authority resources, and information sent will be shared among all candidates. Combined Authority Officers cannot (at any time) involve themselves or the Combined Authority’s resources directly in the preparation of elections-related material or communications issues. Officers will not offer opinions on candidates’ policies or proposals or be, as employees, in any way involved in the development of those policies.
Election guidance for candidates and agents can be found on the Electoral Commission’s guidance page.
Guidance for non-party campaigners (individuals and organisations thinking of campaigning in the run-up to an election but not standing as a political party or candidate) is also available on the Electoral Commission's website. It includes guidance on hustings events.
More information about role and the election of the Police and Crime Commissioner can be found on the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners website.
You can find more information about the West Yorkshire devolution deal in the following documents:
West Yorkshire Devolution Deal
West Yorkshire Devolution Order
Devolution Briefing Book
The West Yorkshire Combined Authority Governance Review
The Scheme of Governance
The West Yorkshire Devolution Public Consultation
Responses to the issues raised during the Devolution Public Consultation