Bob Buxton – Leader
Bob joined the Yorkshire Party in its foundation year, 2014. He became the first member of the Party to win a contested election, when elected to Rawdon Parish Council in 2015, and was re-elected in 2019. He was elected to the executive committee of the Yorkshire Party in 2018, became Deputy Chair in 2019 and was elected leader in May 2020.
Bob is also the Party’s Transport Spokesman and campaigns for fair funding for Yorkshire, the reopening of closed railway lines, better public transport, greener transport and a higher quality of rolling stock.
Bob is originally from Guisborough in North Yorkshire and now lives in Rawdon, Leeds with his wife and children. He works full time in Bradford, teaching engineering apprentices.
Laura Walker – Deputy Leader and Economics Spokesperson
Laura has lived in Yorkshire since 2004, currently in Altofts near Wakefield. She joined the Yorkshire Party during the 2017 General Election as she felt that the Westminster parties had let down the North in general and Yorkshire in particular. She quickly became a committed activist for the party.
Laura is a member of the organising committee for the Residents Against Rudd Quarry action group, campaigning for communities to be treated fairly in the planning process. Her political passions are on providing equality of opportunity, and believes that Yorkshire Devolution is the best way to deliver real progress though infrastructure and targeted funding of areas for growth.
Laura may be a familiar face to viewers of afternoon quiz programmes, having appeared on (and winning!) several over the years including The Chase and The Boss, but when off-duty can otherwise be found walking her Lakeland Terrier, George, over the footpath she’s campaigning to save.
Arnie Craven - Chairman
Arnie became Chairman of the Yorkshire Party in April 2018, having previously worked to develop the party's election campaigning capabilities. He believes that devolution is the best way to address economic imbalances in the United Kingdom, and that treating Yorkshire as a single-unit of governance is the most effective way to increase growth and prosperity in the region he calls home.