Diana Wallis, President of the European Law Institute and former MEP, will represent Yorkshire First at a one day event on devolution titled 'Power to the North? Prospects and Challenges to Devolution & City Deals in the North of England' at the University of Leeds tomorrow.
The aim of the one-day event organised by the White Rose Consortium for the North of England (WRCN) is to gather views from across Yorkshire and the North of England on devolution, the Northern Powerhouse, and ‘City Deals’, so as to reflect on and understand the impact, potential and challenges of the new agenda.
The debate, that will take place on Friday 22nd January, will hear from the key actors involved in the debate, namely national and local politicians, local authorities representatives, civil society and third sectors groups, and academics.
The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG)n reform, decentralisation and devolution is participating in this event, and the Chair of their inquiry on “Better devolution for the whole UK”, Lord Bob Kerslake, is one of keynote speakers. Hence, the workshop will also offer an opportunity to collect further evidence from the stakeholders in the North of England, and the views emerging from the panels throughout the day will feed into the work of the inquiry.
Diana Wallis, who will speak at the event in the afternoon, said:
"I will make it clear to the APPG that the current devolution offer is limited in scope, divisive and above all undemocratic. Where people have been engaged in the process, such as in the Citizens Assembly session in Sheffield, people clearly want an elected assembly for the whole of Yorkshire with the powers to make a difference. There should be a wider consultation across the whole of Yorkshire on this option."