MATT Robinson has been chosen as the Conservative candidate to contest the West Yorkshire mayoral election in May.

Mr Robinson, who has been a Leeds city councillor since 2010, was selected by party members today.

He said he was “thrilled” to be chosen.

“Becoming the first West Yorkshire mayor is a massive job for our county and filled with huge opportunities and responsibilities,” said Mr Robinson.

“We can see how successful Conservative mayors have been across the country in the likes of the West Midlands and Tees Valley and I am confident that, if elected, I can ensure people living in West Yorkshire reap the benefits of this devolution programme.

“People across this region have watched as other parts of the country have been improved by having a mayor and I will work to make sure we don’t miss out.

“Until the election, I will talk to as many people as possible across Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield to share my vision for West Yorkshire – which I believe can improve lives for everyone living and working here.”