Oliver Coppard
Oliver Coppard.jpg
Mayor of South Yorkshire
Assumed office
9 May 2022
Preceded byDan Jarvis
Personal details
Born1981 (age 40–41)
Political partyLabour Co-op
Alma materThe University of Leeds

Oliver James Coppard (born 1981) is a British Labour Co-op politician, serving as the Mayor of South Yorkshire since May 2022.[1]

Political career

Coppard was the Labour candidate for Sheffield Hallam at the 2015 general election.[2]

In the 2022 South Yorkshire mayoral election, Coppard was chosen as the Labour candidate.[3][4] He won the election, getting a plurality of votes in the first round, at 43.1% and defeating the Conservative candidate Clive Watkinson by a margin of 71.4% to 28.6% in the second round.[5][6][1]

Early life and education

Coppard attended Silverdale School, followed by High Storrs School, before pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Politics and Parliamentary Studies from the University of Leeds.[7]

He is the Board Chair at the Sheffield Hallam Students' Union.[4]

He is a resident of Sheffield.


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  2. ^ "Sheffield Hallam parliamentary constituency - Election 2019". BBC News. Retrieved 6 May 2022.
  3. ^ "South Yorkshire mayoral candidate wants to 'realise the potential' of the region". www.nationalworld.com. Retrieved 9 April 2022.
  4. ^ a b "South Yorkshire Mayor: Oliver Coppard to stand for Labour". BBC News. 27 January 2022. Retrieved 9 April 2022.
  5. ^ "South Yorkshire mayor result: Labour's Oliver Coppard wins". BBC News. 6 May 2022. Retrieved 6 May 2022.
  6. ^ "South Yorkshire Mayoral election: Live updates as the count takes place". www.thestar.co.uk. Retrieved 6 May 2022.
  7. ^ "Oliver Coppard - Linkedin". Linkedin. Retrieved 9 April 2022.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)