Oliver Coppard voted in as South Yorkshire Mayor

Written by Jessica Lionnel

The Labour candidate was announced the winner in the English Institute of Sport this evening.

He beat out fellow candidates Clive Watkinson for Conservatives, Green’s Bex Whyman, Liberal Democrats Joe Otten, the Yorkshire Party’s Simon Biltcliffe and SDP’s David Bettney.

His closest adversary was Clive Watkinson. The duo recieved the highest number of first choice results, knocking out the other candidates. Neither of them gained the 50% needed to have an outright win on the first count, meaning second preferences were counted.

Mr Coppard recieved 143,476 of the overall votes in comparison to Mr Watkinson’s 57, 347. The votes were cast by residents across Barnsley, Rotherham, Sheffield and Doncaster.

 

Speaking to Sheffield Wire , Mr Coppard said: “I am feeling incredibly excited and proud to be elected as South Yorkshire’s next Mayor. This is my home, it’s where I was born and raised. We said throughout the campaign that we’re going to build the pride, the purpose, and the prosperity of the region so now we’re going to get on with the job.”

He is the second Mayor of South Yorkshire to be voted in since Labour’s Dan Jarvis in 2018.

He is due to start his position on Monday.

Written by Jessica Lionnel

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