What the Mayor is saying

This page contains transcripts of the opinion pieces and speeches made by the Sheffield City Region Mayor Dan Jarvis.

Cycle to Work Day

Today (August 8th) is Cycle to Work Day, a national initiative which encourages people to leave the car at home and commute on a bike. Helping more people cycle, walk and use public transport are key priorities for the Sheffield City Region and something I am personally passionate about.

A lot of us remember our first bike and the freedom it brought us, I know I do. And that doesn’t go away as we grow up – during the summer break I’ll be spending time cycling with my family, enjoying the off-road trails across South Yorkshire. Cycling is fun, gets us outside and is a great way to explore our beautiful countryside.

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How lucky we all are to live in this great county

As published in the Yorkshire Post on 01/08/19

Today is Yorkshire Day. A celebration of our historic county and the people and places that make it great. Yorkshire is thriving; from dynamic cities and bustling towns to the beauty of our countryside and stunning coastline.

For those of us that call Yorkshire home, it is not surprising that visitors often leave astounded by the breathtaking beauty that our county has to offer; nor does it surprise us that parts of our region often top the polls as the friendliest and most welcoming places in the UK to visit.

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Voice from the Northern Powerhouse - we are still waiting, Boris

As published in Mirror Online on Wednesday 24 July 2019

By Dan Jarvis, Steve Rotheram and Andy Burnham

Boris Johnson’s Government will be the third administration to promise the North of England a Northern Powerhouse. People here have had plenty of pledges from Ministers since George Osborne made his speech in Manchester five years ago, yet we are still waiting for the Powerhouse we were promised.

Boris Johnson has never been known for his love of the North so people here will be sceptical of his commitment to our part of the country.

This new Prime Minister’s time in office will be the make or break moment for the Northern Powerhouse.

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Westminster Hall debate on Active Travel

Speech delivered at Westminster Hall on Tuesday 9 July 2019

It’s a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship. I congratulate the Honourable Members for securing this important debate.

It comes at a crucial moment for Active Travel.

Congestion on our roads is growing. Research from transport analysts Inrix revealed that the average driver in the UK spent 178 hours sitting in traffic jams last year – at a cost of almost £8bn to our economy.

We are in the midst of a public health crisis. Obesity levels are on the rise, with the latest NHS figures telling us that 29% of adults are now classed as obese – up from 26% in 2016.

And we are facing a climate emergency. While many in Westminster are focused on Brexit, and by who is set to succeed the Prime Minister, our country’s levels of air pollution are a national disgrace – and contributing to nothing less than an international climate crisis.

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By evoking the Pioneers, we can transform South Yorkshire for the better - Op-ed

Transforming a regional economy is not an easy task. But this is my ambition for South Yorkshire and I want co-operation and mutualism to be at the heart of this programme of regeneration.

I believe in co-operation not just because it is right in principle but because it works in practice. It is a proud movement with a rich history. In December 1844, the Rochdale Society of Equitable Pioneers opened a small co-operative shop – selling only six items – based on the virtues of equality and democracy.


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Mayor Dan Jarvis MBE MP adopts the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of antisemitism - Op-ed

As published in The Jewish News on Tuesday 4 June 2019.

Last summer, Lord Jonathan Sacks asked whether we still have a place for morality. He did so because at a national level many of the values, virtues and ideals that bind us together are under assault. I believe that the foundations of that assault were laid 40 years ago, when we were told there was “no such thing as society” and the post-war consensus began to get dismantled.

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