The Mayor of Market Weighton, Peter Hemmerman, who has been a town councillor for eight years, believes Yorkshire First is the only party that can deliver 'real devolution' for local communities.
Peter Hemmerman with Yorkshire First's Deputy Leader, Stewart Arnold (left) and Martin Clayton (right)
Deputy Leader of Yorkshire First Stewart Arnold welcomed Peter to the party, saying:
"I am delighted that Peter has agreed to join us. He is a well respected local councillor and has always worked hard for the people of the town.
"I first came across Peter in the General Election when I stood in East Yorkshire, the constituency which covers Market Weighton, and was struck by his enthusiasm to do the best for his community."
Peter Hemmerman is a retired business man who was first elected to Market Weighton Town Council in 2007. He topped the poll with 1334 votes as an independent in the town council elections in May. He was elected as Mayor of Market Weighton in May 2015.
He is Chair of the Minsters Rail campaign whose aim is to reopen the former rail link between York and Beverley. Hemmerman said:
"I want to see changes and these can only come about by real devolution of powers away from London to Yorkshire and in turn to local communities.
"I have become convinced in recent months that Yorkshire First is the only party which can help deliver that, so my decision to join Yorkshire First was an easy one.
"For example, I have long been a supporter of reopening the railway line between Beverley and York. Frankly, improvements to our rail infrastructure in Yorkshire can only be through devolved government just as is happening in Scotland right now because, it seems, if it's not happening in London then central government is not interested.
Martin Clayton, the chair of the Hull and East Riding branch, added:
"Yorkshire First is building a movement towards getting real devolution for the whole of the county and we are naturally very pleased Peter will be part of that."
A Yorkshire First meeting will held on 8th October in council chambers in Market Weighton. Members of the public are welcome to attend.