Kevin Hollinrake suggestion shows increasing power of regional mayors: The Yorkshire Post says

Confirmation that Thirsk and Malton MP Kevin Hollinrake is contemplating standing as the Conservative candidate to be the new mayor of York and North Yorkshire is telling.

The fact that a current Government Minister and well-respected constituency MP is seriously contemplating pursuing a role outside Parliament is an indication of the increasing political weight carried by regional mayors.

The journey from MP to mayor is one that has already been made in the Labour ranks by Andy Burnham and Tracy Brabin while Dan Jarvis held both posts simultaneously in South Yorkshire before stepping down to make way for Oliver Coppard.

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Somewhat ironically, the high-profile work of Tory mayor Ben Houchen in Teesside has led to frequent calls from his admirers for him to consider putting his name forward for a Parliamentary seat in the future.

Kevin Hollinrake, MP for Thirsk and MaltonKevin Hollinrake, MP for Thirsk and Malton
Kevin Hollinrake, MP for Thirsk and Malton

But while the regional mayoral system is becoming ever more entrenched as part of devolution policy, The Yorkshire Post continues to believe a new North Yorkshire mayor should be seen as a step in the right direction rather than an end point in itself.

Over the longer-term, a unified One Yorkshire approach to devolution would provide the most powerful voice for this incredible region of five million people and give it a greater say on the national and international stage.

But as immediate attention turns towards the arrival of the new North Yorkshire mayor next year, many local Conservatives will be pleased that Mr Hollinrake is among the potential contenders for the crucial job.