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.
About our new Mayor
Tracy Brabin was elected the first Mayor of West Yorkshire on 9 May 2021. Tracy was previously elected as the Member of Parliament for Batley and Spen in 2016, representing her hometown and the area where many of her family still live.
Prior to being elected to Parliament, Tracy worked in the entertainment industry for three decades, appearing in popular television drama including Coronation Street and Emmerdale as well as writing for both Hollyoaks and Shameless. She was also an active political campaigner.
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The Mayor's 10 pledges
- Create 1,000 well paid, skilled jobs for young people.
- Prioritise skills and training to ensure everyone in West Yorkshire has the skills they need to secure work.
- Support local businesses and be champion for our regional economy.
- Lead a Creative New Deal to ensure our creative industries are part of the broader recovery strategy.
- Appoint an Inclusivity Champion to work to ensure that the region’s recovery benefits us all.
- Recruit 750 more frontline police officers and staff to fight crime.
- Put keeping women and girls safe at the heart of my policing plan.
- Bring buses back under public control, introduce simpler fares, contactless ticketing and greener buses.
- Build 5000 sustainable homes including council houses and affordable homes
- Tackle the climate emergency and protect our environment.
Learn more about the Mayor's role and devolution
The Mayor has a number of specific powers. Find out what they are and how they fit with partner councils and The LEP.
The devolution dealRead how the devolution deal sets out the new powers, funding and responsibilities which will be transferred from central Government to West Yorkshire.
FAQsRead our most frequently asked questions about being a Mayoral Combined Authority.
Devolution is our opportunity to make West Yorkshire an even better place to live, work, study, raise a family, start a business and grow old. Whether you voted for me or any of the other candidates, I will work every single day to make our region even better for you and your family.
Read the latest news from the Mayor
Tracy Brabin welcomes postponement of bus fare increases in South Yorkshire
“Good sense has prevailed. Now was the wrong time to hit hard-working people in their pockets when we should instead be restoring confidence in using the bus to help our regions recover from Covid."
New study to measure positive impact of charities and voluntary organisations across Yorkshire
Durham University research to measure the role charities play in improving people’s lives and wellbeing in the region.
Tracy Brabin kicks off Pride Month with policing visit
Tracy, said: “It has been an absolute privilege to meet and chat to some of the members of the West Yorkshire Police LGBT+ network here in Wakefield, especially as we head into Pride Month.