Mayoral hustings set to be held in Whitby as residents are urged to register to vote

North Yorkshire mayoral candidates will be in Whitby for a public hustings ahead of next month’s election.
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Whitby Mayoral Hustings 2024

A mayoral hustings is being organised at the Whitby Pavilion on Monday, April 15 ahead of the election on May 2.

The newly elected mayor will chair the York and North Yorkshire Combined Authority – which has been created by the City of York Council and North Yorkshire Council – and will lead the investment of £540 million to be spent over the next 30 years.

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Residents and locals will be able to attend the Whitby Community Network-organised hustings and question the candidates.

The candidates in the election are

  • Keith Tordoff OBE, Independent
  • David Skaith, Labour Party
  • Coun Keane Duncan, Conservative Party
  • Coun Paul Haslam, Independent
  • Coun Kevin Foster, Green Party
  • Coun Felicity Cunliffe-Lister, Liberal Democrat Party

However, Keane Duncan told the Local Democracy Reporting Servive that he will not be attending the Whitby hustings due to a conflicting campaign commitment in the Wolds, Filey and Hunmanby areas.

Mr Duncan said: “I am currently touring the county visiting people in every North Yorkshire community.

“My message is simple but important: nowhere will be overlooked or forgotten if I am elected mayor.”

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It comes as residents are being urged to register to vote by midnight on Tuesday, April 16.

North Yorkshire Council’s chief executive, Richard Flinton, will be the combined authority’s returning officer as well as the local returning officer for North Yorkshire for the election.

He said: “This will be a milestone for all of us in our region to decide on who should take on this very significant role to bring a host of benefits to hundreds of thousands of residents and businesses across York and North Yorkshire.”

Locals wishing to submit questions ahead of the Whitby hustings can contact WCN here:

For more information on registering to vote: