Tracy Brabin is the Member of Parliament for Batley and Spen, which is her home town and where many of her family still live. Her mum still lives on the council estate Tracy grew up on.
Tracy isn’t a typical politician. She was a free school meals kid who – like so many people in our area – started work as soon as she was old enough to do so, working in her local hairdressers.
Growing up in Batley in the 1970s, Tracy watched headline acts at the Batley Variety Club which is where she first got stars in her eyes. Seeing the likes of Louis Armstrong, Eartha Kitt and Shirley Bassey in her small market town set Tracy on a path in the entertainment industry. For three decades she worked in the entertainment industry, and might be familiar to voters as Tricia Armstrong, a Coronation Street character Tracy played from 1994 – 1997. She also appeared in Emmerdale and wrote for both Hollyoaks and Shameless.
Tracy has always been politically active, marching on Greenham Common, organising donations during the miners strike and protesting against the Iraq War, but she only stood for office after her friend Jo Cox was tragically murdered in Batley in 2016.
Tracy says representing her home area in Westminster is the honour of her life, but that she will stand down as an MP if elected as West Yorkshire Mayor in order to be a full-time mayor for the region.
Tracy’s priorities as Mayor would be protecting and creating good, well paid jobs – including in the growing entertainment industry which is already starting to flourish in the region, alongside the green economy; safer streets and community policing; expanding clean and green transport, including a mass transit system for the region and ensuring a fair recovery from the COVID19 pandemic.
Mayoral powers in West Yorkshire include policing, transport, adult skills, some aspects of planning and housing, and the economy.