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The election of Tracy Brabin as the first West Yorkshire mayor marks a new chapter for the region. She’s joined us for a special bonus episode of our Raising the roof podcast alongside Helen Lennon, Chair of the West Yorkshire Housing Partnership, and our Chief Executive, Nick Atkin, to discuss all things housing and Yorkshire.

Tracy, who grew up in a council house in Dewsbury, began her political career after she was elected as the Labour MP for the Batley and Spen constituency in October 2016. Formally an actor, she’s known for roles in A Bit of a Do, Coronation Street and Emmerdale. Tracy has also held two Shadow Cabinet roles and was Shadow Minister for Early Years before being appointed as Shadow Culture Minister in January 2020.

After West Yorkshire’s devolution deal was signed last year, Tracy stood down from the frontbench and put herself forward as Labour’s candidate for the new mayoral role, a campaign she won in May this year.

In this episode Tracy talks about her pledge to help build 5,000 affordable and sustainable homes in the region and her plans to tackle the climate emergency. She also touches on creating skilled jobs for young people and her hopes to end homelessness and make West Yorkshire the ‘go to’ place to live and work.

The West Yorkshire Housing Partnership is made up of ten housing associations, including Yorkshire Housing. The Partnership is committed to delivering more homes and improving lives across the region and has an important role to play in helping to achieve Tracy’s manifesto pledges.

With over 170,000 homes between us, we have the capacity to build new homes, regenerate areas of high deprivation and address the climate emergency through innovation and new technologies.

About the episode

‘Housing and me: A Mayors view’ is now available on all podcast platforms. Listen on Spotify, Apple Podcasts and Google Podcasts

Check out our other episodes here.

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