Oliver Coppard has been elected as mayor of South Yorkshire. Olivar Coppard is reportedly 40 years old, as the follows Barnsley Central MP Dan Jarvis in the position, which was formed in 2018, and maintains Labour’s grasp on the seat.
A total of 26.37 percent of the electorate voted, totaling 264,720, up from 25.82 percent four years before. Coppard stated that “getting on and fulfilling” pledges made in his election campaign was his top priority, with a focus on increasing bus services.
Oliver also stated that he will work on a green energy policy, which would include insulating homes around the county. Economic programs, transportation services, and infrastructure improvements will be under the control of the new mayor for Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham, and Sheffield.
Coppard has earlier noted that, although having never held public office, his extensive experience with and for local government qualifies him for the role.
Oliver started making name for himself after running in the 2015 General Election against then-Liberal Democrat leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg. When Coppard was the field director for the Remain campaign in Yorkshire and the Humber, he faced significant difficulties.
Coppard holds a BA in Politics and Parliamentary Studies from the University of Leeds logo, according to his LinkedIn page.
Coppard was born into the family of former Barnsley Council, who was a chief executive Phil Coppard, claims to have started his political education when he was six years old.
When his father was a council official engaged with both the local Labour Party and the National and Local Government Officers Association in Sheffield, he and his sister began carrying pamphlets for Labour Party and trade union initiatives.