Sir Gary Verity for Mayor?

Terrific - although not entirely unexpected - news over the weekend when Welcome to Yorkshire chief executive Gary Verity was knighted in the Queen's birthday honours list.

Sir Gary Verity

Sir Gary Verity

Bringing last year's Tour de France Grand Depart to Yorkshire was his brainchild, as was the also hugely successful Tour de Yorkshire which will now become an annual event. 

If West Yorkshire's political leaders get their act together and agree a devolution deal with ministers in Whitehall, surely Leeds-born Sir Gary would be a very popular choice to stand for election as the region's first Metro Mayor. 

Just a thought.