The Yorkshire Party is a progressive political party made up of autonomous local groups and individuals who are united by a shared belief that Yorkshire needs a voice at European, national and regional level.
The Yorkshire Party believes it is time to do politics differently. Across our region there are 1,225 elected councillors, who on average, only have a say over 1.5% of their budget. That means we are electing people who do not have the power make necessary change happen. Instead, the majority of decisions that affect Yorkshire are being made in Westminster.
We call for a Yorkshire Assembly (with real powers similar to Scotland) so that decisions that affect our region can be made in our region. We also call for more powers to be handed to local and parish councils.
- abide wholeheartedly by the spirit and letter of the Seven Principles of Public Life set out by Lord Nolan in 1995: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership
- be guided by considered evidence, our real world experience and expertise, our constituencies and our consciences
- be free from the control of any political party, pressure group or whip
- be non-discriminatory, ethical and committed to pluralism
- make decisions transparently and openly at every stage and level of the political process, enabling people to see how decisions are made and the evidence on which they are based
- listen, consulting our communities constantly and innovatively
- treat political opponents with courtesy and respect, challenging them when we believe they are wrong, and agreeing with them when we believe they are right
- resist abuses of power and patronage and promote democracy at every level
- claim expenses, salaries and compensation openly so the public can judge the value for money of our activities.