Tracy Brabin on her first year as West Yorkshire mayor | Author Sam Bright on the injustices between London and the North
The Northern Agenda
We have all heard of the North-South divide, but author Sam Bright believes that the gap is far bigger and covers a wider area.The journalist and author of 'Fortress London' joins Rob Parsons on The Northern Agenda to discuss the "burning injustices" between the capital and the rest of England.He explains why he thinks Parliament should be relocated to Leeds, and how the government has "deployed lots of fancy words in typical Boris Johnson fashion" on levelling up but why it falls substantially short in substance.And West Yorkshire mayor Tracy Brabin reflects on his first year in the role. The former Batley and Spen MP chats to Rob about her recent announcement on bus fares, her relationship with levelling up secretary Michael Gove, and how the prosperity of Leeds impacts the rest of the region.The Northern Agenda is a Laudable production for Reach. It is presented by Rob Parsons and Daniel O'Donoghue, and it is produced by Daniel J. McLaughlin.You can subscribe to the daily Northern Agenda newsletter here: http://www.thenorthernagenda.co.uk/
In conversation with Tracy Brabin, Mayor of West Yorkshire
Institute for Government
Devolution, levelling up and local leadershipAs part of a special series of events on devolution and levelling up, featuring local leaders from across England, the Institute for Government was delighted to be joined by Tracy Brabin, Mayor of West Yorkshire and leader of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority.After just under a year in office, Tracy Brabin discussed her role as mayor, working with the UK government to make levelling up a reality in West Yorkshire, and how she would like to see the powers of mayors evolve.Tracy Brabin was in conversation with Akash Paun, Senior Fellow at the Institute for Government.This event was broadcast live from Leeds in front of an invited audience. There was an opportunity to put questions to the mayor from both the online and in-person audience.Tracy Brabin was elected as MP for Batley and Spen in October 2016. She was appointed Shadow Minister for Early Years in 2017; Shadow Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport in January 2020 and Shadow Minister for Cultural Industries in April 2020. She was elected as the first Mayor of West Yorkshire in May 2021, at which point she was required to step down as MP.#IfGdevoWe would like to thank Manchester Airports Group for kindly supporting this event.
Business Matters: Mayor Tracy Brabin, West Yorkshire Combined Authority | Episode 50
Transport for the North Podcast
Welcome to another episode of the Transport for the North Podcast! Join our new Business Matters series, which looks at transport investment as an enabling force to encourage job creation, economic growth and increased access to opportunity for the 16 million people living here. This time Gemma speaks to Mayor Tracy Brabin. As England's first female Metro Mayor and as the leader of West Yorkshire Combined Authority, she tells us about the wide-ranging benefits of setting up a business in West Yorkshire, highlighting the great mix of urban and rural living, with the potential to have a brilliant quality of life when living and working in the region. She also reviews some of the positive change that the region has seen, such as the move of Channel 4, the initiation of the National Infrastructure Bank and the Northern Department for Transport Office in Leeds.Mayor Brabin says it is crucial that we recognise the importance of seeing drastically improved connectivity to cities such as Bradford, which she says needs a new city centre through station on a new railway line between Manchester and Leeds. Bradford is the UK's youngest city, with 25% of the population under the age of 18, demonstrating the urgent need to provide better opportunities through vastly improved connectivity for communities in this area of West Yorkshire. She also calls for the HS2 Eastern Leg to be delivered to Leeds, to increase capacity on the North's network, opening up opportunities for greener freight transport and faster services. Finally, Tracy encourages listeners to get involved with her #TellTracy campaign, encouraging Northerners to share their experience on the North's rail network; you can get involved here: https://www.westyorks-ca.gov.uk/a-mayoral-combined-authority/telltracy-about-your-rail-experiences/
City Talks: Tracy Brabin on her vision as West Yorkshire‘s first metro mayor
Centre for Cities
In May 2021 Tracy Brabin made history as West Yorkshire’s first metro mayor, and Britain’s first female metro mayor. In this episode of City Talks Andrew Carter caught up with her to discuss her first few months in office, why she stood and her vision for West Yorkshire. This episode is part of the Centre for Cities City Talks podcast series. Please rate, review and share the episode if you enjoyed it.
As London Mayor Sadiq Khan moves to keep compulsory mask-wearing on local buses and trains, Tracy Brabin, Labour Mayor of West Yorkshire says she and Andy Burnham in Greater Manchester are moving in the same direction.Brabin tells Bloomberg Westminster's Caroline Hepker and Roger Hearing most people want to keep wearing masks on public transport and that is the policy she is working on.After the government won a vote to keep their reduction of the foreign aid budget, Mark Malloch-Brown, president of the Open Society Foundations joins to say why his organisation is stepping in to provide £93.5m emergency funding to cover some of shortfall in projects.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
The Inclusive Growth Podcast - hosted by the Centre for Progressive Policy
On the 6th of May residents of West Yorkshire will vote for the first time for their regional mayor in an election that will have ramifications beyond the region. The newly elected candidate will oversee a devolution deal which will include an annual £38 million budget, new powers over transport, education and housing and regeneration, as well as control of the Adult Education Budget. It’s no surprise the deal is being pitched by government as evidence of further investment in the Northern Powerhouse and its ongoing commitment to levelling up.But at a time when inclusive economic recovery is critical, the first mayor of West Yorkshire will also carve a place on the national political landscape. The tensions between local and central government have become all too clear during the pandemic with mayors gaining increasing attention. An additional mayoralty will influence economic and social policy making beyond the region, as well as shaping the devolution debate and wider constitutional issues for years to come.After a longstanding career in the public eye, Tracy Brabin became the Labour Member of Parliament for Batley and Spen in 2016. Re-elected in 2017 and again in 2019, she is now running for Mayor of West Yorkshire and, if successful, would be the first elected female mayor of a combined authority in England. Ahead of May’s local, mayoral and Scottish Parliament elections we will discuss her vision for the future of the region and how the first mayor for West Yorkshire could catalyse inclusive economic recovery and growth.Key questions include: What challenges and opportunities are likely to arise for West Yorkshire over the next four years and how can they be addressed? How has the coronavirus pandemic changed the role of local and regional leaders in shaping and delivering economic growth? How can mayors influence the levelling up debate and shape the Northern Powerhouse? How can they incentivise investment in their region to solve inequality and drive forward inclusive growth? In which ways might West Yorkshire shape the future of further devolution in England? What does a transition from MP to mayor involve in practice and which role can make the bigger difference?The event was chaired by Zoë Billingham, Head of Policy and Engagement, Centre for Progressive Policy. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
In this episode we talk to Labour's candidate for West Yorkshire Mayor and current MP for Batley and Spen, Tracy Brabin! We discuss what brought her into politics, what her plans are for the mayoralty and her advice for people wanting to go into politics, as well as much much more! Tracy's campaign website: Tracy Brabin for West Yorkshire Mayor (tracy4mayor.org.uk) Find us on Twitter: twitter.com/Left_Whingers Find us on Facebook: Left Whingers Podcast Find us on Instagram: Left Whingers (@left_whingers) Email us: firstname.lastname@example.org Credit to Leyton for our brilliant theme music, you can find more of his work here: https://open.spotify.com/artist/5EoEk5ulYJgi3F56orFFWb?si=78tQvMSHTIWOStzMQET7uQ
Nick Evans offers 5 ‘virtual tickets’ to Labour MP, actress and writer Tracy Brabin, allowing her to relive memorable trips from her life. Heading out to sea as a child, being dropped into a war zone as an MP, and a visit to Asia with Jane Seymour may all seem a long way from her native Batley & Spen, but Tracy explains why they’ve helped shape her view as a citizen of the world. Created and Presented by Nick Evans Music and Audio Production by Benjamin HolderProduced by Scratch Post Productions
Does being an actor prepare you for a life in politics? The answer is... not in the way you might think. Tracy shot to fame playing Tricia Armstrong in Coronation Street and went on to star in EastEnders, Holby City, The Bill, Silent Witness, Casualty and loads more. She's now the Labour MP for Batley and Spen and tells Matt about how she coped campaigning there after Jo Cox's murder and the pressure of being Jo Cox's successor. Tracy is running to be the West Yorkshire Mayor and explains why, after just a few years as an MP she's prepared to leave the Commons behind. This is an invigorating conversation about what politics is really about. Order 'Politically Homeless' here: https://blackwells.co.uk/bookshop/product/2100000262618 Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde Follow Tracy on Twitter: @TracyBrabin Find out more about Tracy's Mayoral bid here: https://tracy4mayor.org.uk/ Email the show: email@example.com For the latest UK Government advice on coronavirus go to: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.