Copyright: Richard Newall
“There were no miscarriages of justice. There were no deaths”.
Home Secretary Amber Rudd’s justification for not opening an inquiry into the Battle of Orgreave.
True; there were no convictions, but 95 pickets were charged with violent disorder and the archaic offence of riot and faced the prospect of life imprisonment until the trials collapsed due to unreliable police accounts. Officers on duty that day have since claimed that their statements were dictated by a senior South Yorkshire detective.
True, there were no deaths, but 6,000 officers in full riot gear, including mounted police and brutal snatch squads, repeatedly charged pickets in shorts and T-shirts resulting in serious injuries.Read more
The Yorkshire Party has announced that Mick Bower will be its candidate in the election for a Sheffield City Region Mayor next year.Read more
West Yorkshire Transport Consultation Response: Put Yorkshire Back on Track
Stewart Arnold, Leader of the Yorkshire Party
While I have focused on issues in West Yorkshire, since that is the scope of the consultation and the Combined Authority, I have included some comments on adjacent regions, since they affect West Yorkshire’s connectivity. I have focused on rail, since it is the best option for taking cars off the road and therefore helping bus services and remaining car users.
An inadequate transport network
West Yorkshire, and the whole of Yorkshire and the North, suffers from under-investment in transport. Whilst per head infrastructure spending in London and the South-East on transport is £5426, in Yorkshire it’s just £581 (IPPR North report 2014). And you get what you pay for. Whilst the South-east has benefitted from new trains, new lines and station modernisation, Yorkshire struggles on with out-dated and inadequate trains and poor quality station infrastructure. Yorkshire and the North need a modern, expanding rail network that is fully integrated with all forms of transport. It’s vital for how we live – getting to work, education and leisure – and is essential for a growing economy. Growth follows investment as London clearly shows. A long term plan connecting both within and outside of our region could be the catalyst for a stronger Yorkshire that drives a UK that works for all parts and regions. Recent announcements on rail electrification are welcome but we want to see a clear timetable and funding for these projects, with schemes that are already committed but seriously delayed (e.g. TransPennine route) being given greater priority.Read more
With news that Prime Minister Theresa May is meeting ministers from Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland to discuss Brexit, the Leader of the Yorkshire Party, Stewart Arnold, is demanding Yorkshire's voice be heard too.Read more