A former leading Liberal Democrat Councillor has joined the Yorkshire Party.
Melvyn Teare, who was a councillor and held the Heritage and Tourism as well as Environment portfolios for a number of years on St Albans District Council in Hertfordshire, has returned to the county of his birth in the last few weeks and has subsequently joined the Yorkshire Party.
Melvyn, from Hutton Cranswick in the East Riding, said:
"I'm thrilled to be joining the Yorkshire Party. They offer a vision of what a Yorkshire might look like if the obvious potential of the people in the county could be unleashed. Unfortunately, the London based parties, including the Lib Dems, seem intent on stifling that potential. After all, Yorkshire has a population as large as Scotland and an economy twice the size of Wales, but our voice seems to count for little as far as Westminster and Whitehall are concerned.
"I hope I can bring my long experience as a campaigner and a councillor in helping the party move forward over the coming months."
Stewart Arnold, Leader of the Yorkshire Party, said:
"We are delighted that Melvyn is joining us. He joins just at a time when people from all parties and none are thoroughly disillusioned with the old politics. We are offering a fresh vision of what Yorkshire might look like if the people of this great county had the possibility to take more control over the things that matter to them.
"Above all we want a voice for Yorkshire when it comes to important decisions like education and transport and we welcome the many, like Melvyn, who want to join us in our campaign for the right to be heard."