The Labour party endorsed Dan Jarvis MP (Lab) as its candidate for the South Yorkshire mayoral election on Tuesday - eleven days after he was selected in a ballot of Yorkshire Labour party members.
Mr Jarvis was selected on 23 March, but had not previously been endorsed by the central party due to a recent ruling from Labour’s National Executive Committee requiring him to first step down as MP for Barnsley Central.
However, LGC understands that the NEC has since made a new resolution and Mr Jarvis will be able to remain an MP even if he wins the mayoral election.
Mr Jarvis said: “I am honoured to be Labour’s candidate for the Sheffield City Region mayoral election and I am looking forward to the campaign.
“This is an important role at a crucial moment and we must ensure that we elect a Labour mayor who will deliver a bold and radical plan for delivering real change for the people of South Yorkshire.”
The mayoral post will cover Barnsley MBC, Doncaster MBC, Rotherham MBC, and Sheffield City Council - all Labour-led authorities meaning Mr Jarvis will go into the election as the favourite.
The Sheffield City Region mayoral election, which is set to cost the combined authority about £1m, is due to go ahead despite moves by 18 leaders across Yorkshire, including Barnsley’s leader Sir Stephen Houghton and Doncaster’s mayor Ros Jones, calling for a Yorkshire-wide deal. They have proposed the Sheffield City Region mayoral term should only last two years so as to enable willing participants to join a Yorkshire-wide deal.