Former sports minister Richard Caborn has entered the race to be Labour’s candidate for mayor of South Yorkshire.
The anti-apartheid campaigner and ex-MP said he would fight the “shocking disparity” in transport spending between London and the Sheffield city region.
Caborn, who was born in the steel city, declared just hours before today’s 5pm deadline for nominations to be Labour’s representative in the race.
The Labour candidate will start as red-hot favourite in Sheffield, which has been Labour-run since 2011.
Caborn, who held ministerial posts in the department for culture, media and sport, as well as trade and industry, under Tony Blair, said his priority was to ensure people in south Yorkshire finally enjoyed the benefits of devolution.