Don’t treat us with contempt on devolution, warns Stewart

Stewart Arnold          Picture: Robbie MacDonald


Yorkshire Party Leader, Stewart Arnold has challenged the Government: “Yorkshire is missing out – where’s our devolution deal?”

 In a speech to local members in Hull, he said: “It’s now almost a year since the vast majority of local council leaders in Yorkshire put in their One Yorkshire proposal for greater devolution for the whole of the county.

“Many others have got behind that proposal since including ourselves, the regional CBI, trade unions and even the Archbishop of York. Yet we are still waiting for the Government to act on it,

 “We were told that we had to get the Sheffield City Mayor election out of the way. Well that happened over a month ago and we have heard nothing about the One Yorkshire deal since.

 “All the time places such as Manchester and Liverpool with their own devolved powers are getting on with it, as Yorkshire continues to be left behind.

 “The Yorkshire economy is seriously underperforming at the moment. The Government’s own estimates showed that having control of more of our own affairs here could boost the Yorkshire economy by as much as £13bn within10 years.

“We believe even that is undervaluing our potential.

 “I understand the Government has a lot on it plate at the moment, but frankly to leave us dangling without any decision is nothing short of contempt.”

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