Councillor Mike Jordan’s determination to fight for a better deal for his Selby constituents is underlined in his latest leaflet to local electors.
“For years, Yorkshire has been held back as a result of policy decisions made in Westminster. Our schools receive less funding, resulting in poorer outcomes for our children; Yorkshire’s transport system has suffered chronic underfunding; and our economy has been allowed to underperform.
“The Yorkshire Party is not anti-London. We believe the United Kingdom needs a strong capital city. However, this should not come at the expense of the rest of the country.
“Unlike Greater Manchester, London, Scotland and Wales, Yorkshire has no devolved powers to address these issues and set the priorities for our own future.
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Mike has served on Selby District Council since 2007 and on North Yorkshire County Council since 2009. Last year, in a decision he said he did not take lightly, he left the Conservative Party and joined the Yorkshire Party.
Mike, who is already gearing up to launch a vigorous campaign to retain the district seat in South Selby in the May local elections, explains in his leaflet why he took the difficult decision.
“My views are still conservative in nature and most of the time that will be how I will vote at full council. However, recent months have shown the complete lack of desire by the Conservative Party and in particular some of the MPs in North Yorkshire, to sort out a whole-of-Yorkshire devolution deal.
“This is despite our own Leader at North Yorkshire asking them to get on with it.
“There are other minor issues that I have with the Conservative Party but the ‘antics’ with Brexit and the lack of support for women in the WASPI* conundrum are major ones that I can no longer ignore.
“I am Yorkshire through and through and proud of our county and wish to raise the profile of the Yorkshire Party to bring it to people’s attention. When you see how much is being invested elsewhere in the UK and then look at … how we are suffering through lack of funding locally, then I hope you will see why I have done what I have done.
“I will continue to serve you as your councillor, that part of my role is completely unaffected and as always happy to help with your issues.” He tells voters.
In his leaflet, Mike explains the case of WASPI* women – the Women Against State Pension Inequality.
“An Act in 1995 included plans to increase the age at which women could retire; however, those changes were implemented unfairly, with little or no personal notice. About 3.8m women are affected, with a significant number in Selby District. Those women born in the 1950s suddenly found they had to work an extra five years. There is no objection to the raising of the state pension age for women, just the way it was implemented.
“I will continue writing to the Government and actively seeking Selby District Council’s support for their cause.”
Mike recently won the support of his North Yorkshire County Council colleagues who passed a resolution calling on “the Government to reconsider transitional arrangements for woman born on or after 6th April 1951, so that woman do not live in hardship due to the State Pension changes they were not told about until it was too late to make alternative arrangements”.