On August 1 (Yorkshire Day) Yorkshire First will be officially launching its membership drive. Yorkshire First fought 14 parliamentary seats and a further 20 seats in the locals in May's elections but until now has had no formal system of membership.
Leader Richard Carter said:
"The feedback after the General Election has been hugely positive and we have decided to open up membership of Yorkshire First. What unites us is the Yorkshire Pledge, our belief in real powers at a local level and our code of conduct. We have no ‘party whip’ and will judge issues on how they will impact on Yorkshire, all its people, environment and economy.
"We have taken this step because we are tantalisingly close to getting a Yorkshire wide devolution settlement in the coming months but we want to keep up the pressure. We have no major backers and rely on the support of ordinary individuals; membership will allow us to maintain the pressure on the major parties.
"We'll be campaigning to build a region with real powers and fighting to make sure that devolution does not mean wiping Yorkshire off the map."
Yorkshire First's membership launch will be at the Red and Green Club, Bankwell Street, Milnsbridge on Saturday 1st August - Yorkshire day at midday.