Labour voting ballot re-opens for Sheffield City Region mayor

Labour members can now vote for a Labour candidate for Sheffield City Region mayor.

The ballot papers were due to be released on Friday 16 February, but were delayed following a debate over the shortlisting process for the party’s selection of a candidate.

The Sheffield City Region mayor is part of a devolution plan to give regions more power over areas such as transport and strategic planning.

Candidates will need to provide a £5,000 deposit to run, compared to just a £500 deposit required to run in the Doncaster mayoral election in 2017.

Stewart Arnold, leader of the Yorkshire Party, said: “The amount of money is absurd and way over the top. The job itself does not particularly have a lot of powers, so why are they charging this amount?”

Sheffield City Council intends to fix a date for the election on Thursday this week.