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Mayoral Hustings Event in Whitby

Five of the Six candidates standing to become the first elected Mayor of York and North Yorkshire will be taking part in a public hustings event in Whitby tonight.

The event at Whitby pavilion has been organised by the Whitby Community Network.

Marie McCrone is chair of the group, she hopes tonight's event will be an opportunity to hear the candidates views on issue that affect the Yorkshire Coast.

The election takes place on May 2nd when for the first time local people will be able to vote for a Mayor of the new new York and North Yorkshire Combined Authority.

The Authority will work alongside North Yorkshire Council and City of York Council and have powers and funding devolved to it from central government, initially receiving funding of £540m over the next 30 years.

The Mayor will have powers over transport, adult education and housing and will also assume the duties currently held by the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner.

Tonight Whitby Pavilion will be playing host to a public hustings event where five of the six candidates will be answering questions.

Marie McCrone will be moderating the event and explains how it will work.

The hustings will start with each candidate being given 5 minutes to introduce themselves and explain what they will do for Whitby and District should they be elected. They will then answer five prepared questions covering:

  • Education
  • Housing
  • Transport
  • The North York Moors National Park
  • Disability & Accessible Transport

There will then be a public question time session with people in the audience asking their questions of the candidates.

The Whitby mayoral hustings event will be taking place on Monday 15th April 2024 between 18:30 and 20:30 (expected finish time) at Whitby Pavilion.

The community network say:

"All candidates were invited to attend the hustings by email on 20th February 2024, and again on 17th March 2024. Five candidates have thus far agreed to participate, the other candidate has not replied to both invitations sent."

There is more information about the role of the Mayor at https://yorknorthyorks-ca.gov.uk/mayor/

Voters will go to the polls on Thursday, May 2.

The candidates are:

  • Cunliffe-Lister, Felicity Clare – Liberal Democrats
  • Duncan, Keane Charles – The Conservative Party Candidate
  • Foster, Kevin – The Green Party candidate
  • Haslam, Paul – Independent
  • Skaith, David – Labour and Co-operative Party
  • Tordoff, Keith Graham – Independent

Voting will take place from 7am to 10pm on May 2nd with the election count held on Friday, May 3, the day after the election.

Voters attending the polling station for the election on May 2 will need to take photographic identification in order to be able to vote.

Residents have until midnight on Tuesday, April 16, to register to vote and until 5pm on Wednesday, April 17, to apply for a postal vote.

Anyone without a suitable photo ID can apply for a free voter authority certificate before 5pm on Wednesday, April 24.

More information is available at www.northyorks.gov.uk/mayoralelection

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