"Having led SouthYorkshirefor the past few years, and having put in place a devolved arrangement that has taken us through the worst of the pandemic and is really starting to deliver for people in South Yorkshire, I think that now is the right time to think about who’s best placed to build on these achievements," said Jarvis in a video statement. "But that person won’t be me. I wanted to let people know that I won’t be standing again as mayor next May. But in the meantime I will, of course, continue to give 110% to the role."
Jarvis, who is also MP for Barnsley Central, has signalled that he intends to focus on a return to frontline politics in Westminster. He previously undertook not to combine both roles longterm, when he was elected Metro Mayor in May 2018.
James is the Editor of GovX Digital, and has been covering digital government and public sector reform for 20 years. He also oversees the development of the agenda for the UK's biggest public sector transformation conference.