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Dan Jarvis to stand down as South Yorkshire mayor


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South Yorkshire mayor Dan Jarvis said he will not stand as mayor again in the next election.

The Labour politician said he intends to remain as MP for Barnsley Central and defended his decision to combine his Westminster duties with the devolved role.

But ahead of the May 2022 mayoral election, he said the region now needed someone to “drive us forward over the next four years” and “that person will not be me”.

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Mr Jarvis, who was elected to the mayoral role in 2018, said: “When I first stepped forward to take on the role, I took the decision to remain as a Member of Parliament.

“Some people didn’t agree with that, but I said from the beginning that this wasn’t a long-term arrangement. And I meant it.

“I honestly don’t believe we would have made the progress we have, and we certainly wouldn’t have got the devolution deal over the line, if I had not stayed in Westminster.

“The settlement we negotiated helped take us through the worst of the pandemic and is really starting to deliver for people in South Yorkshire.

“We now need someone to build on our achievements and drive us forward over the next four years. That person will not be me.

“I won’t be standing as mayor again next May but in the meantime I will continue to give 110 per cent to the role.”

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