There should be a legal challenge to James Brokenshire’s “flawed” rejection of One Yorkshire devolution, Yorkshire Party member Diana Wallis has written.
Diana, a qualified solicitor and Senior Fellow in Law at Hull University, says: “Both the manner in which it was delivered and communicated show a contempt for our county, but beyond that it is highly questionable legally.
“It is a non-decision, a statement in a simple letter, without proper reasoning, referring to criteria which do not exist; the Minister appears to constrain his own power to act when he is under no such obligation.
“Yorkshire should not accept this rotten and dismissive manner of government decision-making.
“It needs to be legally challenged.
“The 18 Yorkshire local authorities [that supported the One Yorkshire proposals in a document sent to Mr Brokenshire] should make an application for a judicial review through the courts.
“If they don’t have the courage, why not a crowd-funded action by a diverse and interested group on behalf of people of Yorkshire?” asks the former Member of the European Parliament..