This is the web version of the May 2016 Yorkshire First newsletter. We regularly write to members and supporters to let them know about what Yorkshire First has been doing recently, and what we have planned for the coming months.
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We are celebrating our best ever election results to date in this month's local elections, with our average vote growing to over 8% from 3.5%. A particular mention to Mick Bower, who achieved our single best result of 827 (25%) votes, coming close to winning Yorkshire First's first district Council seat.
Amongst our 17 Council candidates we managed some fantastic results, beating the Liberal Democrats in seven contests, the Green Party, Trade Union and Socialist Coalition & Tories four times and UKIP & Labour once apiece.
Without a doubt these recent elections are a huge milestone for the party, and so we say a massive well done to all the candidates and volunteers that contributed to this campaign. These elections have helped to build the party, put us in touch with new members, increased our profile and helped to show to the people of Yorkshire that we are an alternative to the tired old London based politics.
A big thank you also to Stevie Manion, who contested the Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough by-election for us - polling hundreds of votes and giving us the opportunity to share our message about a fairer, stronger, more prosperous Yorkshire with over 70,000 voters.
Our friends in other European Free Alliance (EFA) parties also performed well in these elections, and a particular well done to the North East Party (a party campaigning for real devolution to the North East) and their candidate Heather Fagan, who secured a strong second place in the Redhill ward of Sunderland Council, beating the Tories, Greens and Liberal Democrats.
Yorkshire First fights to protect hospital in Northallerton
Chris Pearson, Yorkshire First's candidate in the Northallerton by-elections, has been campaigning to protect Friarage Hospital in Northallerton from further service cuts. Chris worked for the NHS for over 20 years, so understands how important it is to protect Friarage Hospital. The Northallerton by-elections will be held on Thursday 26 May, and we're wishing Chris the best of luck!
If you haven't already, to sign Chris's petition about protecting Friarage Hospital in Northallerton from further cuts, please click here.
June Party Gathering
In June we will be hosting a party gathering, much like a party conference, in Wakefield. This will be an opportunity for everyone, both active Yorkshire First member or not, to meet with others who are interested in politics and learn more about Yorkshire First. At this event you will get a chance to:
- Hear from guest speakers (including a leading academic) about political developments across the UK and beyond
- Discuss how Yorkshire First did in this year's elections
- Debate how the party should move forward
- Participate in an open Q&A session
Tickets for the event are £5. For more information, please click here.
Did you know?
- Cllr Lee Walton, a Yorkshire First Councillor, has been elected as Mayor of Hornsea. Well done Lee!
- Yorkshire First was recently accepted as a full member of the European Free Alliance (EFA), a group that brings together parties across Europe (both inside and outside of the EU) who believe in devolution and moving power closer to people
- Yorkshire First was recently mentioned in the magazine of Mebyon Kernow, the party campaigning for a devolved Cornwall Assembly, regarding how our parties had become closer at the recent EFA conference
Join or donate to Yorkshire First
Unlike nearly every other political party, Yorkshire First is solely dependent on small donations. We have no big backers, instead we rely on our supporters to give whatever they can, so we can pay for things like leaflets, postage, web hosting and election deposits.
Could you donate to us today? Just £5 would help us print letters or buy envelopes. You can donate here.
Alternatively, if you haven't already, why not become a member of Yorkshire First. For only £24 a year you can give us the financial support we need to make sure we can keep fighting for a better deal for Yorkshire. You can become a member here.