The Yorkshire Party was set up to campaign on the idea of greater devolution for Yorkshire and its five million people.
Founded in 2014, the Party is pro-devolution and pledges to judge issues on how they will affect Yorkshire, its people, economy and environment.
The Party wants Yorkshire to have decision-making powers through a devolved assembly within the UK; to build a more democratic, engaged and accountable society and to rebalance the economy away from the South East, creating a thriving Yorkshire that works for all the people who have chosen to work, study or live here.
The Party is represented on three principal local authorities in Yorkshire having councillors on North Yorkshire County Council, East Riding Council and Selby District Council.
The Yorkshire Party is the sixth most voted for party in all of England in the snap 2017 General Election.
The Yorkshire Party contests the only regional elections held in Yorkshire, the Sheffield City Region Mayoral Election. We secure just shy of 10% of the vote regionally, beating the Green Party. In every South Yorkshire Borough except Sheffield, we outpoll the Liberal Democrats.
2019 – May
The Yorkshire Party scores a number of landslide victories in the 2019 local elections, taking seats from both the Conservatives and Labour. We form the second-largest opposition group on Selby District Council, and have elected representatives on the two top-tier authorities in Yorkshire – North Yorkshire County Council and East Riding County Council.
2019 – June
The Yorkshire Party contests the 2019 EU elections in the Yorkshire and Humber constituency. We score over 50,000 votes. We are the only non-Parliamentary Party to outpoll ChangeUK in any region of the UK. We score over twice as many votes as the Women’s Equality Party, despite standing in a smaller constituency. We poll roughly as many votes as the Ulster Unionist Party.
2019 – July
Chris Whitwood was elected 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.