DEVOLUTION: Who should be our elected mayor?

Richard Caborn
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Sheffield City Region is set to receive £900m over the next 30 years and a swathe of new powers in return for a mayor - but who should it be?

From 2017 the city region will vote for a directly-elected leader who will oversee a range of powers and funding including transport budgets, planning, business support and adult skills.

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne with Cllr Julie Dore at the AMRC training centre to sign the devolution deal for Sheffield. Picture: Andrew Roe

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne with Cllr Julie Dore at the AMRC training centre to sign the devolution deal for Sheffield. Picture: Andrew Roe

London is the forerunner of the ‘metro mayor’ system and incumbents have included such big beasts at Ken Livingstone and Boris Johnson.

But who would best fill the position in our patch? A politician? A business tycoon? A celebrity?

Here, we consider a few potential runners and riders. Contact us with yours!

Richard Caborn

Ed Milliband

Ed Milliband

The former Sheffield MP and former trade and sports minister has got to be a front runner.

The 71 year-old is still very involved in his home city - he’s a business ambassador for the council - and has applied for the job of chair of the Local Enterprise Partnership, the body behind the region’s devolution deal success.

A politician to his core, a doer of deals, a national profile and an incredible contacts book, Caborn is one to watch.

Julie Dore

Paul Scriven, former Leader of the Sheffield City Council

Paul Scriven, former Leader of the Sheffield City Council

The leader of Sheffield City Council is the city’s most powerful person and recently accompanied George Osborne on his ‘Northern Powerhouse’ trip to China.

A competent leader and popular in Labour circles.

James Newman

The outgoing chairman of Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership is the key player in obtaining our pioneering devolution deal. His skill has been to bring together business people and politicians, MPs and civil servants - with no fanfare and no budget.

Former deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg

Former deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg

A proven track record if ever there was one.

David Grey MBE

A self-made tycoon whose companies today employ hundreds, David Grey is actually better known for his unpaid work over many years to promote business, regeneration and young people - as his MBE testifies.

Currently - until Tuesday October 7 - the Master Cutler, head of the historic Cutlers’ Company and ambassador for manufacturing, he has also held roles on the Local Enterprise Partnership and is a founder member of the BiG challenge, a business competition for young people.

A strong contender - but does he want to get that closely involved in politics?

Neil MacDonald

Master Cutler two years ago and credited with turning around Firth Rixson when he was group finance director. He still holds a host of non-executive directorships, using his expertise to help companies, and gives his time, for free, for such good causes as Sheffield Children’s Hospital, St Luke’s Hospice and Sheffield Theatres.

Generous with his time, enthusiastic and popular, but again, the politics might put him off.

Richard Wright

The executive director of Sheffield Chamber of Commerce is a dynamic business leader who is comfortable in the public eye and not afraid to speak his mind.

The former MD of steel firm ATI AllVac is also on the board of The Sheffield College. Has recently gone part-time at the Chamber to concentrate on business interests.

Paul Scriven

Lord Paul Scriven was a high profile Lib Dem leader of Sheffield City Council before being bumped up to the House of Lords.

Knows the systems of local authority and government and can bang heads together.

Ed Miliband

The former Labour leader and still the MP for Doncaster North could easily fulfil the role - but would he have the support of the people?

Nick Clegg

The former Deputy Prime Minister and Lib Dem leader is still the MP for Sheffield Hallam and could easily fulfil the role - but would he have the support of the people?