Who’s Who

Stewart Arnold – Leader

Stewart Arnold is a founder member and, since 1 September 2016, the Leader of the Yorkshire Party.

Stewart has long been involved in devolution politics in the region, writing his first pamphlet on the subject in 2002 and later chaired the cross-party Campaign for Yorkshire.

He is a company Director and a part-time lecturer in the Business School at the University of Hull. He lives in the East Riding.



Chris Whitwood – Deputy Leader



Dr Lucy Brown – Chair and Leader of the Campaigns Working Group



Laura Walker – Deputy Chair



John Hall – Treasurer



Arnie Craven – Leader of the Elections Working Group



Martin Roberts – Branch Development Officer

I am leader of the Membership Working Group.

I am a member of the Executive Committee, Wakefield District Branch Chair and have been a candidate in various elections for the Yorkshire Party.

I am 31 and live in Ackworth, grew up in east Leeds and work in Wakefield.

I was introduced to the Yorkshire Party in 2014 and voted for it in the European Elections, I then became more involved standing as a General Election candidate for the Hemsworth constituency in 2015 and again in 2017. I have stood as a Local Election candidate for the Ackworth, North Elmsall and Upton Ward in the Wakefield District and also as a candidate for the Ackworth Parish as well.

I believe in a devolved Yorkshire with greater autonomy within the United Kingdom and that government and democracy should be as local and in touch with communities as possible.

I have been a member of the Yorkshire Party since the beginning and maintain an active role within this organisation. I enjoy helping to develop more Yorkshire Party branches because it means that the Party is growing and reaching its objectives to become the main political Party in Yorkshire.

To see how far this Party has come in such a short time is unbelievable and it won”t be much longer before we are covering all of Yorkshire and standing up for all of our communities.



Philip Hardstone – responsible for Policy Development

I work closely with the Party Leader on developing policy and the Party’s vision for Yorkshire.

A Batley lad, now retired to Bridlington, I was born in 1953, the year of the Queens Coronation and that Edmund Hillary conquered Everest.

I enjoyed a long career in housing management, ending my working life near the top of my profession, with national recognition for my contribution to empowering and enabling social housing tenants.

Like any grandparent, I want the very best for my grandchildren’s future. Being tired of the to-ing and fro-ing of the old Westminster elite and folks in Yorkshire not getting anywhere as a result, motivated me to join the Yorkshire Party in August 2016 and fight for something better.

I was soon asked to stand for election to the Party Executive Committee and shortly after that given the Policy Co-ordinator portfolio

I was largely instrumental in preparing last year’s General Election Manifesto and am currently working with colleagues to consult on the Party’s new ‘Vision for Yorkshire’, which we plan to publish in October 2018.

Through this vision we hope to offer a radically new, bottom-up approach to doing politics here in Yorkshire: giving local people a genuine say over their affairs at both a neighbourhood level as well as regionally through the Yorkshire Parliament.

Anyone’s policy ideas and thoughts, however small they may seem, are always welcome.



Jack Carrington – Executive Committee member



Chris Gauton – Executive Committee member


Bryan Mitton, Executive Committee member