Chris elected Leader of the Yorkshire Party

Chris Whitwood has been elected as leader of the Yorkshire Party.

Chris, who took on the leadership pending an election after Stewart Arnold gave up the post, received 84% of the vote – well ahead of rival Jack Bannan, the Party’s Communications Director.

He will serve for two years and, as Leader, will now choose the Deputy Leader. Laura Walker has held the post since Stewart’s resignation.

Announcing the result, Deputy Chairman Matt Clover – who was the Returning Officer for the election – described it as having been a hard-fought campaign.

Chris Whitwood, drew 84% of the votes cast
Picture Bruce Rollinson

After the results was announced, Chris said; ““I am thrilled. As a member since the Party’s foundation in 2014, I have spent the past five years working to provide a real alternative to the tired, old, Westminster parties.

“2019 has been, in many ways, the year the Yorkshire Party really started to break through. Winning our first district and unitary councillors in May – in Selby and East Riding – and following that up with more than 50,000 votes in the EU elections – represented stunning progress for our Party.

“But there is so much more to do. Just this week we’ve seen Boris Johnson admit the Government has been blocking meaningful devolution for Yorkshire because the Tories are worried they might lose out to another party.

“That’s the reality of what Yorkshire means to the Westminster parties – they aren’t bothered about fixing our roads, schools or hospitals, they’re just interested in squabbling about who gets the political power.

“Under my leadership the Yorkshire Party will challenge that – under my leadership we will become the party of fairness and opportunity, and truly offer a better way for the people of Yorkshire.”

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