We need your help to put Yorkshire in the new Minister’s in tray.
As you’ll have seen, a new Government Minister has been appointed to be responsible for devolution plans in Yorkshire. Replacing Sajid Javid is new Minister, the Essex-born Kent MP, James Brokenshire.
Last year, you helped move the Yorkshire Party’s campaign for a One Yorkshire devolution deal closer to success.
But with this change of Government post we need to remind the Minister of the One Yorkshire devolution deal. You can appreciate that this Southern-based MP may not have the understanding of how important devolution is to us up here.
Our campaign last year gained the support of business groups, the trade unions, the Archbishop of York and 18 out of 20 local council leaders in the county. We want to be in a position to unleash the fantastic potential Yorkshire has, so finally we can get to work improving our NHS, investing in our schools, and bringing our roads and railways into the 21st century.
We are asking all those who support the One Yorkshire deal to make sure James Brokenshire understands the importance of One Yorkshire for us here in the White Rose county and, as one of his first acts in office, allows Yorkshire to come together and start working to improve our region.
Please email James Brokenshire at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell him to support Yorkshire – without delay – being given a voice over things like our schools, roads, trains and hospitals.
Suggested James Brokenshire email text:
I believe that the decentralisation and devolution of meaningful powers should be to the whole of Yorkshire which with its size, economic strength, diversity and heritage has the undoubted potential to provide a prosperous future for all its people.
In turn, I believe that such a One Yorkshire settlement can set the right economic, social and democratic priorities for Yorkshire and provide a stronger voice for our communities in the United Kingdom and throughout the wider world.
I would ask you, as one of your first acts in your new post, to support the process to get a One Yorkshire deal in place as soon as possible.
Once you’ve written to Mr Brokenshire, why not comment below and let us know.