Former Sheffield Central MP and Sports Minister, Richard Caborn, has officially announced that he will be seeking selection to become the Labour Party candidate for Mayor of the Sheffield City Region.

Mr Caborn has said that his priority as Mayor will be to ensure that the people of South Yorkshire finally see the benefits of devolution; with up to £1 billion available to transform the economy, skills and transport across Sheffield, Barnsley, Rotherham and Doncaster.

In addition to securing local powers and funding, Richard has pledged to deliver a new economy for the region; based on high-value manufacturing, health & wellbeing, and the creative & digital industries. He will also fight for more transport spending in South Yorkshire, ensuring that investment is more on par with that being currently spent in London and the South East.

Standing to be Labour’s Candidate for Mayor of Sheffield City Region, he said: “Today I officially announce my intention to seek selection as the Labour Party’s candidate for South Yorkshire Mayor. It’s time to deliver the benefits of this devolution deal and secure investment in jobs, skills, better transport and growth right the way across our communities.

“Now is the time to co-operate across South Yorkshire to build a new economy with great opportunities for advanced manufacturing, health and wellbeing, and the digital and creative industries. I will also fight for better transport funding for our region. It is deeply unfair that almost £2,000 per person is being spent on transport projects in London, while people in our region receive under £200 per person. I want to reverse this shocking disparity.”

“This is my home. I was born here, I was raised here, and I have the experience required to deliver locally. I’ve shown that time and again, from my work on the 2012 Olympics to the Advanced Manufacturing Park. I want to work together to bring power back to South Yorkshire and restore some local pride”