ELECTION 2021

Finally, after four days of counting after the local government elections on Thursday May 6, all of the results across the Yorkshire region were revealed.

Due to Coronavirus restrictions and additional mayoral voting the counting of the votes took longer than usual this year in many areas, although in some areas elections were postponed by the government until next year because it wants to abolish some councils.

Here is a round-up of all the results across Yorkshire.

Tracy Brabin is first county mayor of West Yorkshire

Tracy Brabin, the Labour and Co-operative candidate who was MP for Batley and Spen, has been elected as the first mayor of West Yorkshire, the largest metropolitan county in the UK.

The votes were counted on Sunday after the election on Thursday May 6 and counting went to a second round of second-choice votes after she did not achieve 50% of the vote in the first round.

The election of a mayor was part of a Government requirement of obtaining an agreed budget for the years ahead. The election was due to have been held last year, but the Coronavirus pandemic saw the postponement of that election to 2021.

Ms Brabin now faces a massive task in her leading role in an area 40 miles wide and 30 miles north to south. The county covers an area 29% larger than Greater London, where the first of the directly-elected metropolitan mayoralties was created in 2000.

Although referred to as devolution, the vast range of mayoral responsibilities will include those once dealt with by committees of a West Yorkshire Metropolitan County Council and, since its abolition after just 12 years in 1986, by committees of district councillors from each metropolitan district. These have been organised since 2014 as the West Yorkshire Combined Authority. Now the public's choice of elected mayor will be the chairman of that authority rather than one being simply elected from among the district councillors serving on it.

Policing was a responsibilty which the Government moved to an elected Police and Crime Commissioner as recently as 2012 and now, in 2021, that too is shifted to being one of the many responsibilities of the elected mayor. That part of the role will be supported by an appointee Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime. Unlike South Yorkshire's mayor, Ms Brabin will have to quit her role as MP because the West Yorkshire mayoralty includes the police role. A by-election will need to be held in Batley and Spen.

Public transport will be one of the issues on the agenda of the new mayor. One decision to be made will be the correct type of transport for a new transit system for West Yorkshire with its needs for commuting within the county and over distances often greater than those in Greater London.

As well as police and transport roles, the new West Yorkshire mayor will have housing and planning responsibilities, including a power to set up a Mayoral Development Area, and have finance powers, including a power to set a precept on Council Tax.

The Combined Authority will continue to exist as now with the new mayor added as chairman. It will continue to have responsibility for some decisions while only acting as advisor to and scrutineer of the mayor on others.

The authority will continue to be made up of: an appointed representative of each West Yorkshire metropolitan district council -  Bradford,  Calderdale,  Kirklees,  Leeds and  Wakefield; One member of the board of Leeds Enterprise Partnership; One member of  York City Council as a non-constituent council; and three additional members for political balance jointly appointed by the five West Yorkshire councils.

Matt Robinson (Conservative) was in second place in the mayoral election with Bob Buxton (Yorkshire Party) a surprising third above Green Party and Liberal Democrat candidates.

After her election, Ms Brabin said she was proud to be elected and grateful for every vote, adding: "I will fight for every single resident so everyone has the opportunity to succeed."


Here are all the results from across Yorkshire

West Yorkshire including  Bradford,  Calderdale,  Kirklees,  Leeds and  Wakefield metropolitan districts

West Yorkshire metropolitan county mayoral election

WEST YORKSHIRE MAYORLABOUR AND CO-OPERATIVE Tracy Lynn Brabin

First round | second round voting:

Tracy Lynn BrabinLabour and Co-operative Party 261,170 | 310,923
Matt RobinsonConservative 176,167 | 209,137
Bob BuxtonYorkshire Party 58,851
Andrew Varah CooperGreen Party 55,833
Stewart GoltonLiberal Democrat 30,162
Waj AliReform UK 14,943
Thérèse HirstEnglish Democrats 8,969


Metropolitan district council elections

BRADFORDLABOUR HOLD

Political composition after the May 2021 election:

51257 3 211
90 members ( 1 = Ilkley Independent | 1 = Independent Socialist )


CALDERDALELABOUR HOLD

Political composition after the May 2021 election:

281652
51 members


KIRKLEESNO OVERALL CONTROL from NOC

Political composition after the May 2021 election:

29419933 HVNI2
69 members ( 4 = Labour and Co-operative | 3 = Holme Valley North Independent )


LEEDSLABOUR HOLD

Political composition after the May 2021 election:

542486331
99 members ( 6 = Morley Borough Independents | 3 = Garforth and Swillington Independents )


WAKEFIELDLABOUR HOLD

Political composition after the May 2021 election:

43 17 2 1
63 members


South Yorkshire including  Barnsley,  Doncaster,  Rotherham and  Sheffield metropolitan districts

Police and Crime Commissioner for South Yorkshire election

SOUTH YORKSHIRE PCCLABOUR HOLD Alan Roy Billings

Doncaster metropolitan district mayoral election

DONCASTERLABOUR HOLD
Ros Jones

Metropolitan district council elections

BARNSLEYLABOUR HOLD

Political composition after the May 2021 election:

497331BIG
63 members ( 1 = Barnsley Independent Group )


DONCASTERLABOUR HOLD

Serving under the elected mayor, the political composition of the council after the May 2021 election is:

401131
55 members ( 3 = Mexborough First | 1 = Edlington and Warmsworth First )


ROTHERHAMLABOUR HOLD

Political composition of the council after the May 2021 election:

322043
59 members


SHEFFIELDNO OVERALL CONTROL from LAB

Political composition after the May 2021 election:

4129131 Con
84 members ( 41 includes Labour & Co-operative )


North Yorkshireincluding  Craven,  Hambleton,  Harrogate,  Richmondshire,  Ryedale,  Scarborough and  Selby
and  City of York unitary authority

North Yorkshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner election

NORTH YORKSHIRE PFCCCONSERVATIVE HOLD Philip Allott

North Yorkshire County Council election

NORTH YORKSHIRE COUNTY (See below)

Craven District Council election

CRAVEN (See below)

 East Riding   Hull   North Lincolnshire

Police and Crime Commissioner for Humberside election

HUMBERSIDE PCCCONSERVATIVE GAIN Jonathan Evison

City of Hull (unitary authority) council election

HULLLABOUR HOLD

Political composition after the May 2021 election:

30261
Con
57 members


 Redcar & Cleveland   Middlesbrough   Stockton-on-Tees

Tees Valley Combined Authority mayoral election

TEES VALLEY MAYORCONSERVATIVE HOLD Ben Houchen

Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland

CLEVELAND PCCCONSERVATIVE GAIN Steve Turner

 Durham County

Police and Crime Commissioner for Durham election

DURHAM PCCLABOUR HOLD Joy Allen

Durham County Council (unitary authority) council election

DURHAM COUNTY COUNCIL UANO OVERALL CONTROL from LAB

Political composition after the May 2021 election:

53 31 24 17 1
126 members


 South Lakeland

Police and Crime Commissioner for Cumbria election

CUMBRIA PCCCONSERVATIVE HOLD Peter McCall

Cumbria County Council election

CUMBRIA COUNTY COUNCIL

South Lakeland District Council election

SOUTH LAKELAND

 Ribble Valley   Pendle

Police and Crime Commissioner for Lancashire election

LANCASHIRE PCCCONSERVATIVE GAIN Andrew James Snowden

Lancashire County Council election

LANCASHIRE COUNTYCONSERVATIVE HOLD

Pendle District Council election

PENDLECONSERVATIVE GAIN from NOC

Political composition after the May 2021 election:

18105
33 members May 2021 election after reduction in council seats from 48 to 33


 Oldham

Greater Manchester metropolitan county mayoral election

GTR MANCHESTER MAYORLABOUR HOLD Andy Burnham

Metropolitan district council election

OLDHAMLABOUR HOLD

Political composition after the May 2021 election:

40875
60 members




The government is planning yet another change to local government in Yorkshire, something which appears to have been happening with unprecedented frequency across the region ever since the major change which altered the historic Ridings in 1974 after Boundary Commission review.

This time it affects the North Yorkshire County Council, the seven large district authorities which were created within it (each covering an area bigger than some counties) and also the  City of York unitary authority.

The Government wants these districts made even larger, resulting in proposals for:
either
• One single-tier authority covering all seven districts of the 3,341 square miles of England's largest county, North Yorkshire, but not including the  City of York unitary authority
or
• As two halves adding York. One half would cover  Craven,  Harrogate,  Hambleton and  Richmondshire, the other would cover  Ryedale,  Scarborough,  Selby and also bring in the  City of York unitary authority. Yorkshire's historic capital has had self-governance as a city in one form or another since ancient times but would become part of a much wider one-tier authority, a move overwhelming opposed by the present City of York council.

Government consultation on the changes was open until April 19, 2021 and consulation documents describing the proposed changes can still be found at this  GOV.UK - Proposals webpage.

As a result of its proposed changes, the Government has deemed it necessary to postpone the democratic process for the existing councils from 2021 to elections in 2022.

It affects elections which were due to take place in 2021 for:
• North Yorkshire County Council
 Craven District Council.

The election of North Yorkshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner, postponed from 2020 has taken place across North Yorkshire and in York.




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