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First ever mayor elected to bring a raft of benefits to the region ...

11th May April, 2024.

The Labour Party candidate, David Skaith, has been elected to serve as the first ever mayor for York and North Yorkshire to champion the region and bring a host of benefits to hundreds of thousands of residents and businesses.

The result of the election was announced Friday 3 May in Harrogate after voters had gone to the polls yesterday.

The vote will be a major moment for a long-awaited devolution deal for the region, and the mayor will oversee the York and North Yorkshire Combined Authority, which launched on February 1, to introduce benefits ranging from new and better-paid jobs and improved skills and training to more affordable housing.

A total of six candidates stood for election, and the results were:

• Cunliffe-Lister, Felicity Clare, Liberal Democrats - 30,867 votes.

• Duncan, Keane Charles, The Conservative Party - 51,967 votes.

• Foster, Kevin, The Green Party - 15,188 votes.

• Haslam, Paul, Independent - 12,370 votes.

• Skaith, David, The Labour and Co-operative Party - 66,761 votes.

• Tordoff, Keith Graham, Independent - 13,250 votes.

The turnout for the election was 29.89 per cent from the 640,012 people who are registered to vote in York and North Yorkshire.

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