2022 South Yorkshire mayoral election
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Candidate Oliver Coppard Clive Watkinson Simon Biltcliffe
Party Labour Co-op Conservative Yorkshire
1st Round vote 112,517 43,129 34,857
Percentage 43.1% 16.5% 13.4%
2nd Round vote 143,476 57,347 Eliminated
Percentage 71.4% 28.6% Eliminated

2022 South Yorkshire Mayoral Election Map.png
A map showing the results of the election by local authority.

The 2022 South Yorkshire mayoral election took place on 5 May 2022 to elect the Mayor of South Yorkshire, the leader of the South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority. It took place alongside other local elections across the United Kingdom. The Labour Party candidate, Oliver Coppard, won the election in the second round with 71.4% of the vote.[1]


In 2018, The South Yorkshire metro mayor position- then known as the Sheffield City Region- had its inaugural election. At the time of its creation, the metro mayor's role was an effectively powerless position, with no salary. It was named this originally because its boundaries went beyond the four boroughs of South Yorkshire and included some parts of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. However, these areas did not become constituent parts.[2] Its lack of power was because the borough councils of Doncaster and Barnsley opposed the creation of the mayoralty and the combined authority (then Sheffield City Region Combined Authority). They instead favoured a 'One Yorkshire' devolution deal, which would have a Mayor for all of Yorkshire in 2020.[3] Dan Jarvis, MP for Barnsley Central won this role with at second preferences. He has remained as a Member of Parliament during this term.[4]

Dan Jarvis was elected in the 2018 election and announced he wouldn't seek a second term in late 2021.
Dan Jarvis was elected in the 2018 election and announced he wouldn't seek a second term in late 2021.

In late-2019, Jarvis secured a deal between the four boroughs, the combined authority and the British government.[5] In 2020, the role was provided with a salary and statutory powers,[6] this was fully implemented by 2021.[2] These powers include: transport, strategic planning, coordinating investment and skills as well as £30 million annual funding for 30 years.[3][5] Jarvis reportedly does not take the salary and donates it.[6][7]

Think Tank IPPR has reported that the mayor, much like other metro mayors in the North of England have utilised power beyond the remit given by the government. In South Yorkshire, for instance, the country's first 'ownership hub' was built to help businesses become worker owned or co-operatives.[8] Controversy arose in June 2021 when Jarvis' administration voted to continue a privatised bus service in South Yorkshire, despite previous pledges to bring it into public control.[9]

Electoral system

South Yorkshire, along with other elected mayoralties in England, will use the supplementary vote system, in which voters express a first and second preference of candidates.[10]

This means that the winning candidate has the support of a majority of voters who expressed a preference among the top two.

All registered electors (British, Irish, Commonwealth and European Union citizens) living in the combined authority area aged 18 or over on 5 May 2022 are entitled to vote in the mayoral election.

Speculation has circulated that the government may remove the supplementary vote system which mayoralties use and replace it with first-past-the-post- in line with general elections.[11]


Oliver Coppard was selected as the Labour Party candidate for the election.[12] Dan Jarvis confirmed in September 2021 that he will not stand for a second term in the mayoralty in 2022.[13] Seven candidates applied for selection, which was narrowed down to a setlist of four candidates: Rachael Blake, Lewis Dagnall, Oliver Coppard and Jayne Dunn.[14] The voting period for Labour members took place in January 2022.[15] On 26 January, Oliver Coppard was announced as their candidate.[16]

Simon Biltcliffe, an entrepreneur from Barnsley, was announced as the Yorkshire Party candidate on 22 October 2021.[17][18]

The Green Party selected Bex Whyman as their candidate for mayor on 20 December 2021.[18]

The Conservative Party selected Clive Watkinson as their candidate.[19]

The Liberal Democrats selected Joe Otten, a Sheffield councillor, as their candidate on 29th March.[20]

The Social Democratic Party selected David Bettney as their candidate on the 4 April 2022.[21] He was endorsed by Reform UK.[22]


South Yorkshire Mayoral Election 2022[1]
Party Candidate 1st round 2nd round
 First round votes  Transfer votes 
Total Of round Transfers Total Of round
Labour Co-op Oliver Coppard 112,517 43.1% 30,959 143,476 71.4%
Conservative Clive Watkinson 43,129 16.5% 14,218 57,347 28.6%
Yorkshire Simon Biltcliffe 34,857 13.4%
Green Bex Whyman 32,322 12.4%
Liberal Democrats Joe Otten 28,093 10.8%
SDP David Bettney 10,177 3.9%
Majority 86,129 42.8%
Turnout 264,720 26.4% Rejected ballots: 3,622
Labour hold


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