| LEADER’S COMMENTS |
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 Mayoral 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 show that having control of more of our own affairs here could boost the Yorkshire economy by as much as £13bn within 10 years. We believe even that is undervaluing our potential.
I understand the Government has a lot on its plate at the moment, but frankly to leave us dangling without any decision is nothing short of contempt.
I am calling on the Government to act now, and we’ll be in Westminster next week to make sure our voice is heard.
We achieved one of our best results in the Party’s short history in the local council by-election in Doncaster on Thursday.
Chris Whitwood, the Party’s Deputy Leader, got 25% of the vote in Town Ward, finishing in a strong second place, losing out only narrowly to the Labour winner.
This is a remarkable result considering we hadn’t stood in the seat at all until May last year. Many thanks to all those who supported the campaign in Doncaster.
Devolution debate is no longer Yes or No, but How. See my interview in The Yorkshire Post at:
All the best,
Leader, the Yorkshire Party
These are some of the stories that have appeared in the past month on the Yorkshire Party website – http://www.yorkshireparty.org.uk/
On the Doncaster by-election:
Vote for change, Town Ward electors are urged
Shake up rules that threaten our heritage, says Chris
Stewart leads troops into Doncaster battle
Back Chris in two-horse race at Doncaster
Let’s stand together, Chris tells Doncaster electors
On wider devolution:
Don’t treat us with contempt on devolution, warns Stewart
It’s time for new politics in Yorkshire, says Stewart
Rotherham urged to drop opposition to One Yorkshire
On local election plans:
East Yorkshire members buoyed for big election test
And, in the past month, we’ve introduced a feature on our county under the sub-heading Yorkshire, within the About Us section.
Yorkshire – http://www.yorkshireparty.org.uk/yorkshire/ – has been prepared from independent sources to inform and interest members, potential members and those who just want to know more about our wonderful land. Please send any suggestions for inclusion or details of any errors you spot to Chas Stewart at [email protected]