Citizens of West Yorkshire are being offered a unique chance to directly engage with their Mayor through a series of Question Time events set to kick off next week. Mayor Tracy Brabin will spearhead the inaugural in-person session at Wakefield’s The Hepworth on Thursday, January 25, followed by subsequent gatherings scheduled across the region throughout February.

Renowned journalist Charlotte Leeming, a recipient of prestigious awards, will take up the role of host, guiding the Mayor through queries encompassing issues impacting the 2.3 million residents of the region.

Mayor of West Yorkshire Tracy Brabin said; “Having the opportunity to meet elected leaders, ask us questions and hold us accountable is vitally important for our democracy.

“This is your chance to ask me about the things that matter to you.

“Hearing directly from the people I represent at these events will help me on my mission to build a brighter West Yorkshire that works for all.”

Participants are encouraged to bring forth questions on a spectrum of topics within the Mayor’s purview, such as transportation, housing and planning, and financial powers. The Mayor’s itinerary includes visits to Halifax’s Piece Hall on February 5 and Leeds’ Nexus on February 22.

The West Yorkshire Mayor’s Question Time events will also feature the presence of Alison Lowe OBE, the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, who will address questions from attendees. The heightened scrutiny coincides with the Mayor and the West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s efforts to secure additional devolved powers from the Government, covering areas like business support, careers and skills services, local transport, and retrofit programs.

Charlotte Leeming, a BBC veteran with over two decades of journalistic experience said; “These are important and informative events where people from across West Yorkshire have an opportunity for their voices to be heard.

“As an independent journalist, it’s my role to ensure these are robust, rigorous and valuable discussions around the issues that really matter to people in their daily lives.”