Councillor Mike Jordan with Yorkshire Party Leader Stewart Arnold
A leading Conservative councillor has quit the Tories over One Yorkshire “betrayal”. Councillor Mike Jordan, who has served on Selby District Council since 2007 and on North Yorkshire County Council since 2009, has left the Conservative Party and joined the Yorkshire Party in a row over the Government’s stance on the One Yorkshire devolution deal.
Following his decision, Councillor Jordan said: “I am a Yorkshireman through and through, and I feel the Government is not doing Yorkshire the justice it deserves. In fact, I think we are moving even further away from the promise of meaningful powers being devolved to the whole of Yorkshire. This is nothing short of betrayal of the Yorkshire people.
“While I have respect for many in the Conservative Party, I think more and more people will come to recognise the fact (as they have in Scotland) that you need to have a strong clear brand representing your area, which knows what you are instantly about.
“The Yorkshire Party is a young party but it is obvious what it is about. I want to be part of that, helping shape our area of Great Britain in a manner that we all want.”
Councillor Jordan added: “The Tour de Yorkshire has brought out the clear message to me that we are proud of our area and I want the Yorkshire Party to be at the heart of politics in Yorkshire.”
Councillor Jordan chairs North Yorkshire County Council’s Transport, Economy and Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee. In the 2017 General Election, he fought the traditionally solid Labour seat of Hemsworth polling almost 16,000 votes for the Conservative Party. He represents South Selby on North Yorkshire County Council and Camblesforth and Carlton ward on Selby District Council.
Stewart Arnold, Leader of the Yorkshire Party, said: “I’m absolutely thrilled that Councillor Jordan has joined the Yorkshire Party. He is a very senior Conservative figure and brings with him huge experience of politics in the region.
“Mike has recognised that the Yorkshire Party has worked incredibly hard to offer a strong voice, demanding a stronger Yorkshire within a fairer United Kingdom. I am expecting he will be joined by others over the coming months.”
The Yorkshire Post’s Rob Parsons reported Mike’s decision as his “protest at Ministers’ handling of the ongoing devolution saga”.
Councillor Jordan’s decision to join the Yorkshire Party has come soon after the Party’s recent successes across the region:
- South Yorkshire (Sheffield City Region) Mayoral election, May: Mick Bower for the Yorkshire Party scored almost 10% of the vote
- Doncaster Council Town Ward election, June: Deputy Leader Chris Whitwood for the Yorkshire Party scored 25% of the vote and came in second place
- Councillor Claire Palmer, of Hambleton District Council, joins the Party