The former Chairman of Scarborough and Whitby Liberal Democrats, Bill Black, is throwing his support behind the Yorkshire Party as he bids to be elected to the North Yorkshire County Council in May's elections.
Bill, from Newby, is standing as a candidate in the ward of the same name for the Yorkshire Party.
"We live in a very centralised country and I think it's time that Yorkshire had the opportunity to set its own priorities and have real powers to improve people's lives, the economy, the environment and so on in the county.
"It is something that seems to be working well in Scotland which after all has a smaller population than Yorkshire. London is stifling the potential which this wonderful, diverse county has.
Leader of the Yorkshire Party, Stewart Arnold, added:
"I'm delighted that Bill is standing as a candidate for us. I have known Bill for many years and I know he cares deeply about his community. He also brings a wealth of campaigning experience and knowledge with him."