Thirsk and Malton Conservative Association are delighted to acknowledge the success of Keane Duncan in winning the selection process to be the Conservative Party candidate for the first ever York and North Yorkshire Mayor.
This new post, which will combine the position of Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner along with new roles of economic development, transport, housing and skills will oversee the delivery of a £540m devolution deal.
Keane is a local man, born, brought up and educated in Norton. He is currently a North Yorkshire Councillor and we are rightly proud of his achievements.
After winning the candidacy at the Members' Selection meeting on Friday evening, Keane said: “It’s an honour to win the confidence of Party members to fight for my home area in this critical election.
"Our landmark £540m devolution deal represents an unprecedented opportunity to unlock opportunities for everyone who lives here, particularly the next generation.
"My vision for York and North Yorkshire is one that is open for business and proud of success - a greener and more productive area embracing future industries and offering highly-skilled, well-paid job opportunities.
"It is of an area with affordable housing provided on brownfield sites so people who work here can afford to live here too.
"It is of an area where our transport is connected, affordable and accessible.
"It is of an area where no matter our background, or our upbringing or our beliefs we all have a stake in its success.
"And of course, it is of a York and North Yorkshire that is safer for everyone.
"This is the York and North Yorkshire I will be working to deliver, and ahead of polling day in May, I hope to convince voters I have the vision and fight to make a difference for people in every corner of our diverse and vast county.
"I would like to thank everyone who attended the selection meeting on Friday and for all of your support now and over the years. Now the hard work to win in May begins!”
Our MP Kevin Hollinrake has also offered his congratulations to Keane: " I send my congratulations to Keane Duncan on his selection as the Conservative candidate for the York & North Yorkshire Mayoral election in May 2024. This is a fantastic role offering a wonderful opportunity to boost the economy and bolster efforts to tackle crime in the region. I look forward to joining him and his team on the campaign trail."
We wish Keane well in his campaign for the elections in May 2024, and support him unreservedly in his efforts to secure election.