Dan Jarvis, Labour MP and first elected mayor for Sheffield City Region, has finished his first action-packed week in office.
He said: “Sheffield is rich in culture. Always changing. Making a difference to the world.”
The Sheffield City mayor election on 3 May was controversial as Doncaster and Barnsley pulled out of the Sheffield City Region Combined Authority, leaving Sheffield and Rotherham alone against 18 Yorkshire councils who are set on a ‘One Yorkshire’ devolution deal instead.
Jarvis’ week began on Tuesday 8 May when he signed the official Declaration of Acceptance of Office and met with colleagues including the chairman of Sheffield City Region (SCR) Local Enterprise Partnership, Sir Nigel Knowles, and SCR managing director Dave Smith.
On Thursday 10 May, Jarvis addressed the House of Commons in Westminster and spoke in support of Channel 4’s relocation to Sheffield.
He said: “Culture. Institutions. Businesses. Working as one. That is our strength. And this is what makes Sheffield a perfect fit for Channel Four – or perhaps Channel Four a perfect fit for Sheffield.”
On Friday 11 May Jarvis met with students, politicians and representatives from across the city to further champion Sheffield’s bid for Channel Four. He heard from young people attending Sheffield College, UTC Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University how the broadcaster’s move could have a huge impact upon their career prospects in the areas of digital media, television production and journalism.
On Saturday 12 May he joined the opening of the new tennis courts in Barnsley, showing his support for the local community: