Apologies that this month’s newsletter is being circulated a bit later than planned. It gives early details of the forthcoming Autumn Conference, in which the Yorkshire Party seeks to break new ground by holding sessions over two days, and with a chance for members and supporters to meet socially.
The Conference will be held in Hull on Friday October 12 and Saturday October 13.
Friday’s half-day session will have a business and economy focus, intended as an opportunity for Party members to engage with the business community and to make the economic case for devolution.
On Saturday, the day-long main Conference will concentrate on campaigns and policy – the Leader’s speech by Stewart Arnold will open the session, to be followed by speakers, panel discussions and workshops.
After the political business concludes, there will be a cultural event and a social occasion.
Party Deputy Leader Chris Whitwood thinks introducing a social aspect is important to the Conference overall. “It is not often that Party members and supporters get together, and even rarer that it is on a social level. It will also be an event for people who support the Party but may not be interested in the main conference aspects,” he said.
“I’m incredibly excited to announce that Autumn Conference will be in last year’s Capital of Culture! This will be our first two-day conference, with a business and economy focus on the Friday and a campaigns and policy focus on the Saturday. The Saturday evening social event will allow members to relax and get to know each other better,” said Chris.
“Our early bird offer means full Conference passes will cost only £15 until Yorkshire Day, so book early for your chance to support and shape the future of the Yorkshire Party! See you there!”
The event will take place at the historic Jubilee Central in the city centre, in easy reach of the main transport links. Originally the Methodist Central Hall, it was opened in 1960 and incorporated a much older shop frontage opening on to King Edward Street. Now it houses a 600-seater auditorium, a 120-capacity multipurpose hall and a series of other meeting rooms.
Hull was the spectacularly successful 2017 UK City of Culture. The city was recently voted one of the top 10 places to visit in the UK and is seen as one of the region’s gems.
Looking to politics there will be important elections in the city next year, and what better way for the Yorkshire Party to mount its first event in the city and to underline its emergence in the county’s political life.
Tickets for individual events can be bought separately or conference passes can be bought offering a discount. Prices will range from £3 for a student to attend just the social to £17 for a full conference pass. The early bird discount on full Conference passes will be available until August 1.
See ticket and booking details at https://www.yorkshireparty.org.uk/events/2018-autumn-conference/
Further details will be given shortly, as the Conference programme is finalised.
Among recent new items featured on the Party’s website http://www.yorkshireparty.org.uk/
Our first Director of Communications Jack Bannan aims to ensure the Party’s message is heard more widely and more clearly, and needs members’ help. Read the story https://www.yorkshireparty.org.uk/lets-push-on-says-new-communications-chief/
Party Leader Stewart Arnold has attacked “shambolic” Westminster politics and accused the Government of ignoring the clamour for real devolution. In the wake of ministers’ resignations over Brexit, Stewart said that far from seeking to build a prosperous progressives region, the Government was taking its eye off the North and Yorkshire, in particular. See the full story – https://www.yorkshireparty.org.uk/may-ignores-yorkshire-amid-brexit-shambles/
A call to sign the Yorkshire Pledge – it is a way to show all politicians that you believe Yorkshire deserves better. https://www.yorkshireparty.org.uk/sign-the-yorkshire-pledge/
A move to campaign for the removal of tolls on the Humber Bridge and concern over reduced services at local hospitals, were among the issues raised by East Yorkshire members when they met to draft early plans for next year’s local elections. Full piece – https://www.yorkshireparty.org.uk/humber-bridge-tolls-on-campaign-agenda-in-east-yorkshire/
Also on the website is the section called Our Vision, detailing broad policy aspects the leadership sees as important to the future of Yorkshire. The pages outline the Party’s stance on the economy, education, the environment, health and social care, devolution and transport; and others will follow.
Among events over in July, Deputy Leader ChrisWhitwood attended the annual March for Silesian Autonomy in Katowice, Poland as representative of the Yorkshire Party and the European Free Alliance – see the report at https://www.yorkshireparty.org.uk/chris-wants-yorkshire-to-lead-on-international-stage/; Calderdale Branch Meeting is on July 26 at 7pm at the Victorian Craft Beer Cafe, 18-22 Powell St, Halifax. HX1 1LN; and the Wakefield Branch Meeting is on July 31 at 7pm at the Holmfield Arms, Thornes Park, Denby Dale Rd, Wakefield. WF2 8DY.