West Yorkshire mayoral election 2021: The candidates who say they will be standing

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media captionBBC Yorkshire’s Political Editor James Vincent explains what the upcoming elections means

People in West Yorkshire will vote for the region's mayor - which includes the role of Police and Crime Commissioner - on 6 May.

The election was originally meant to take place in May 2020 but was postponed due to the pandemic.

Voters in Leeds, Wakefield, Kirklees, Calderdale and Bradford can all make a selection.

These are the candidates who have so far said they intend to stand for the role in 2021 (listed alphabetically):

Waj Ali, Reform UK

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Mr Ali stood as the Brexit Party candidate for the Hemsworth constituency in the 2019 General Election.

Tracy Brabin, Labour

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Ms Brabin is a former actress who is now the MP for the Batley and Spen constituency.

Bob Buxton, Yorkshire Party

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Mr Buxton is a Rawdon parish councillor and is employed teaching engineering apprentices in Bradford.

Andrew Cooper, Green Party

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Mr Cooper is a councillor for the Newsome ward in Kirklees and is the party's energy spokesperson.

Stewart Golton, Liberal Democrat

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Mr Golton is a councillor for Rothwell and leader of the Liberal Democrats on Leeds City Council.

Thérèse Hirst, English Democrats

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Ms Hirst is a former religious education and law teacher and is the deputy chairman of the English Democrats party.

Matt Robinson, Conservative

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Mr Robinson has represented the Harewood ward in Leeds as a councillor since 2010.

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