Yorkshire Party leader becomes latest contender in West Yorkshire mayoralty race

Yorkshire Party leader Bob Buxton has announced he will stand to be West Yorkshire mayor in the inaugural elections next year.

Tuesday, 11th August 2020, 4:45 pm

The first mayor of West Yorkshire is expected to be elected in May 2021, after a devolution deal was signed with Government earlier this year.

Already former Dewsbury Labour MP Paula Sherriff, and Huddersfield lawyer and Labour activist Hugh Goulbourne, have expressed interest in standing for the job.

And now Dr Buxton has thrown his hat into the ring.

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Yorkshire Party leader Dr Bob Buxton. Photo: Supplied

He said: “We will campaign on a platform of fighting for stronger, better funded devolution for Yorkshire – OneYorkshire devolution.

“Should a much lesser form of devolution be forced through, we will work hard to make the most of the limited powers and budget on offer to improve West Yorkshire’s transport, housing, education, environment, health and much more besides.”

Dr Buxton said Yorkshire Party stalls would be on the streets from September asking for feedback.

He added: “We are the party of Yorkshire. A Yorkshire Party mayor will have no Westminster interference. No hidden agenda. If elected, I will work passionately to improve the region we live in and love, to deliver what the people of West Yorkshire tell me they want.”