Minister, you don’t have a mandate in Yorkshire

The Conservatives have no mandate in Yorkshire, but One Yorkshire devolution does, says Yorkshire Party Leader Stewart Arnold in his latest video diary, aimed at Communities Secretary James Brokenshire.

He spoke as Mr Brokenshire made one of his rare visits to the county for devolution discussions after he rejected the one Yorkshire plan outlined by 18 councils.

County-wide devolution – as opposed to the Government’s preferred option of city regions – had broad political and commercial support in the county.

And where it had been tested – eg in polls in Barnsley and Doncaster from voters too, said Stewart.

“Overwhelmingly, people prefer One Yorkshire over city regions,” said Stewart, pointing to the Party’s success in last year’s Sheffield City Mayor election.

“To me, that says there is a mandate for this practical change.

James Brokenshire: has rejected One Yorkshire devolution


The Conservatives, on the other hand, have not had a majority of parliamentary seats in Yorkshire since the 1950s.”

Stewart also drew on his experience while working in the business school at the University of Hull to stress the strength of the Yorkshire brand, internationally.

“It comes out right across a range of products” he said.

He ended: “Anything less than full devolution is a travesty.”

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