BRADFORD West MP Naz Shah has thrown her support behind fellow Labour MP Tracy Brabin in her bid to become West Yorkshire mayor. 

In a video message posted today, Ms Shah described the Batley & Spen MP as a "formidable campaigner".

She said: "She’s an amazing woman, I have seen her work first-hand as an MP, as a Minister for Early Years, we’ve worked together on women’s rights."

She said Ms Brabin would make sure women's voices are heard and nobody is left behind.

“She will absolutely use that enthusiasm to make sure, more than ever, now, when that divide between the North and the South has been laid bare throughout the Covid crisis and the way the Government has behaved, she needs to be that voice to make sure that she gets the right support for West Yorkshire," said Ms Shah.

Who else is in the running for West Yorkshire mayor?

Bradford Council leader Susan Hinchcliffe is standing as a candidate, along with fellow Labour members Hugh Goulbourne and Peter Judge, who is a former Calderdale councillor.

Andrew Cooper, Green Party councillor for Newsome, is standing for the position, while Bob Buxton, of the Yorkshire Party, has also thrown his hat into the ring. 

The Conservative Party has yet to announce a candidate.