JULIE Dore, Richard Caborn and Paul Scriven are possible candidates for election as Sheffield’s elected mayor if there is a ‘yes’ vote in the referendum on May 3.
But David Blunkett, whose Brightside and Hillsborough parliamentary seat could disappear under boundary changes in 2015, has ruled himself out.
Mr Blunkett gave his backing to Labour council leader Julie Dore.
He said: “She would have to be at the top of the list of possible Labour candidates rather than someone being parachuted in for the role. There is no high profile person desperate to win the nomination unlike in other cities.”
Mr Blunkett, leader of Sheffield Council in the 1980s, said: “I am ruling myself out of standing. I have come to the conclusion that in life you shouldn’t go backwards.”
Former Sports Minister Mr Caborn, who stood down as Sheffield Central MP in 2010, said he had some ‘real doubts’ about the case for having an elected mayor but would not rule himself out of standing if the post was approved by the electorate.
Coun Scriven, who is defending his Broomhill seat on Sheffield Council, said: “I’m not prepared to speculate about a post which doesn’t even exist. I have more important things to do like seeking re-election for Broomhill.”
But a Lib Dem insider said he would be ‘near the top’ of their list of candidates.
Trade union Unison is launching its campaign against elected mayors with a demonstration outside Sheffield Town Hall tomorrow lunchtime.
Unison regional manager in Yorkshire and Humberside Chris Jenkinson said the referendum alone will cost £250,000 and an elected mayor would demand a big salary and office costs with no extra money from Government - meaning further cuts to essential services.
He said: “Our cities do not need another extremely expensive politician. We do need a fairer deal from the Government so that the north is treated as well as the south of the country.”
Prime Minister David Cameron said he would form an elected mayors’ cabinet which would have regular meetings with him at Downing Street.