Pateley Bridge man to stand for Yorkshire Party in mayoral election
Jun 5, 2023
Keith Tordoff
Keith Tordoff

Keith Tordoff has been selected by the Yorkshire Party as its candidate for Mayor of York and North Yorkshire in the 2024 election.

Mr Tordoff stood as an independent candidate in both 2021 North Yorkshire Police, Fire Crime Commissioner elections, finishing in third place.

He worked as a police officer, detective and specialist fraud investigator for banks, before forging a career in business in sectors ranging from retail to mail order to property development.

He currently owns the Tordoff Gallery in Pateley Bridge.

He has served as chair of the Nidderdale Chamber of Trade and chair of the Pateley Bridge Britain in Bloom group and is a patron of Dementia Forward.

Mr Tordoff was awarded the MBE in 2018 for services to business and the community.

A press release announcing his decision to stand said his priorities, as mayor, would be: to make North Yorkshire an economic powerhouse; improve transport links and connectivity, especially for rural communities; making North Yorkshire a safer place to live, work and visit and to make North Yorkshire a world leader in sustainability.

Mr Tordoff said :

“North Yorkshire deserves a strong, independent champion – someone who understands the county’s needs and aspirations, and has the background and wealth of experience to deliver on addressing them.

“I will identify problems through listening to the people and turn things around, where needed, with a practical no nonsense business-like approach, driven by my passion and love for the county.”

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Yorkshire Party co-leader, Dr Bob Buxton, said:

“Keith is the clear alternative to the Tories in North Yorkshire. His experience, skills and passion make him ideally equipped to take on the complex challenges that come with being the first mayor of North Yorkshire.

“He is a man who sees the big picture but also has the critical skills to understand the detail and ensure that the solutions are the right ones.”

Zoe Metcalfe, the North Yorkshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner who lives in Aldborough, has announced she will stand for the Conservatives in the mayoral election.