Please note that Whitby Community Network hosts the following information for “20s Plenty for North Yorkshire” and “Action Vision Zero for York and North Yorkshire”.

York & North Yorkshire Mayoral Hustings : Road Safety

On 2nd May 2024, voters of York and North Yorkshire will be able to vote for a mayor for the Combined Authority. The elected mayor will have powers to invest an extra £540 million in the region over 30 years (£18m per year) for local priorities such as economic growth, transport and the fight against climate change. The mayor will also assume the powers of the current Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner. The new combined authority will oversee major projects including transport, education and housing schemes.

The budget for 2024/25 is spread across 15 months to help prepare for the formation of the new authority and £6m has already been allocated towards staff and election costs as well as other overheads. Over the course of the whole year, a budget of £4.5m will be spent on staff salaries. The mayoral election itself will cost the order of £2.2m.

The candidates for the election are as follows

  • Keith Tordoff is a former detective of Pateley Bridge. He is standing as an independent candidate.
  • Cllr Kevin Foster is a former soldier and North Yorkshire councillor, for Hipswell and Colburn. He represents the Green Party.
  • David Skaith is a business owner and chair of the York High Street Forum, born in Harrogate and now living in Wheldrake. He represents the Labour Party.
  • Cllr Felicity Cunliffe-Lister is a businesswoman and North Yorkshire councillor for Masham and Fountains. She represents the Liberal Democrat party.
  • Cllr Paul Haslam has his own management consultancy, and is the North Yorkshire councillor for Bilton and Nidd Gorge. He is standing as an independent candidate.
  • Cllr Keane Duncan is a North Yorkshire councillor for Norton. He represents the Conservative Party.

The Hustings

We will be holding a mayoral hustings on Tuesday 19th March 2024 at 7:00pm on Zoom on the subject of Road Safety.

Registration for the hustings is required, and you can register by clicking THIS LINK and you will be sent the Zoom link details. Additionally, you can download our poster for this event HERE.

The candidates who have agreed to participate are as follows.

David Skaith

Cllr Paul Haslam

All candidates have been invited to Hustings & to take the Mayoral Pledge on aiming for zero fatalities and serious injuries on our roads by 2030. Several of the candidates have recorded videos about their support for default 20mph and / or Vision Zero (on our YouTube channel, as well as clickable from their photo above).

Amy Aeron-Thomas will introduce Action Vision Zero.

Chair: Ian Conlan, 20s Plenty for North Yorkshire.

Update : You can find the video from this event below

About The Campaigns

Please consider supporting the campaign for Action Vision Zero in York and North Yorkshire by signing the PETITION.

20s Plenty for North Yorkshire campaigns for default 20mph “where people are”. 153 parishes of North Yorkshire have voted in favour of default 20mph in their parish. See also their YouTube channel for related videos. If anybody wants to join their mailing list please email

Action Vision Zero for York and North Yorkshire campaigns for zero road harm on York and North Yorkshire’s roads. See also their Facebook page.