Yorkshire news Who is Tracy Brabin, the new mayor of West Yorkshire? MetiNews.Com

MetiNews.Com - YorkshireLive takes a look at the life of the first female metro mayor in England

Yorkshire news Who is Tracy Brabin, the new mayor of West Yorkshire? MetiNews.Com

MetiNews.Com - YorkshireLive takes a look at the life of the first female metro mayor in England

Yorkshire news  Who is Tracy Brabin, the new mayor of West Yorkshire? MetiNews.Com
09 May 2021 - 18:52

Breaking News ! There are plenty of politicians who can lay claim to an interesting backstory, but perhaps none quite so much as Tracy Brabin. Ms Brabin, who was elected as West Yorkshire's first-ever metro mayor on Sunday with 60% of the vote after the second preference votes were counted, is not your typical politician. Before becoming the MP for Batley and Spen, Ms Brabin was a famous face in acting circles; her career taking her from the cobbles of Corrie, where she played Tricia Armstrong, to other classics including Eastenders, Midsomer Murders and Yorkshire's own Emmerdale. But the glamorous life she went on to lead was a far cry from her childhood. Growing up in a two-bed council flat on the Howden Clough Estate in Birstall, where her mother still lives, her childhood was plagued by money troubles, and Ms Brabin has described how at times she feared her family would be made homeless. Giving her maiden speech in parliament, she described how her local council saved her from that fate. Tracy Brabin making her maiden speech in the House of Commons "I also think back to the time when I was six and our local council prevented my family from becoming homeless," she said. "Dad had been unemployed for a while, we’d fallen behind in the mortgage repayments so my mum had to hand back the keys to the building society. We would’ve been homeless had it not been for the council who found us a roof over our head." Ms Brabin said her experience of the rougher side of life had motivated her to help others. "But that wasn’t an act of charity," she went on. "It was a combination of political will and solidarity from local and nationally elected representatives. Affordable housing is further out of reach than ever and I will work hard to ensure other families don’t suffer the stress and anxiety we did.

. It was a campaign to save Batley library from closure (Ms Brabin said libraries were her "solace" growing up) that forged her friendship with Ms Cox. Tragically it was at that same spot that Ms Cox lost her life on that day in June 2016. Actress Tracy Brabin (left) and Labour's prospective parliamentary candidate for Batley and Spen, Jo Cox, meet head teacher Mike Cook on a return visit to their former school, Heckmondwike Grammar School Ms Cox had always persuaded Ms Brabin to get into politics, and in the end, it was her death that paved the way for that to happen. "The circumstances are incredibly sad, but I feel as if I’m exactly where I am meant to be," she told the Mirror after she was elected in 2016. Out of respect for Ms Cox, the main parties did not field a candidate to stand against Ms Brabin, who took 85 per cent of the vote - although nine far right parties did not extend this courtesy. On taking up her seat in Westminster, Ms Brabin paid a heartfelt tribute to her friend and inspiration. "We will never forget the difference Jo has made and through her legacy, continues to make," she said at the time. "She was and is unforgettable. One gentleman from the community reflected, 'Jo was a small woman with a big kick.'" From campaigning to save Batley library to lobbying for the three million excluded, Ms Brabin has built a platform in Westminster to challenge the government. Her next campaign is to put up a fight for West Yorkshire.

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Yorkshire news Who is Tracy Brabin, the new mayor of West Yorkshire? MetiNews.Com


Yorkshire news Who is Tracy Brabin, the new mayor of West Yorkshire? MetiNews.Com


Yorkshire news Who is Tracy Brabin, the new mayor of West Yorkshire? MetiNews.Com


Yorkshire news Who is Tracy Brabin, the new mayor of West Yorkshire? MetiNews.Com

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