Stewart Arnold Picture: Robbie MacDonald
Ahead of the Yorkshire Party’s annual conference taking place next week, Party Leader Stewart Arnold says the Yorkshire Party is the main challenger to the Labour and Conservatives across much of the region.
Stewart Arnold said: “In the Sheffield City Region ballot in May, our mayoral candidate Mick Bower, scored 22,318 votes. He was third in Doncaster, Barnsley and Rotherham – well ahead of the Liberal Democrats, Greens and other, smaller parties.
“In fact in those three districts, Mick was only a few hundred votes off second place. The Yorkshire Party scored more votes in South Yorkshire than in the 2017 General Election, where the entire region was up for election.
” In last year’s General Election, we beat both the Liberal Democrats and the Greens in several seats and since then UKIP has largely imploded.
“As further evidence of our position, the local council by-election* in Thirsk on October 4, 2018 had just three parties contesting it: Conservative and Labour and the Yorkshire Party.
“As the two main parties become more polarised, people in Yorkshire are looking for an alternative. Increasingly we are that alternative.”
The Yorkshire Party’ Annual Conference will be held in Hull for the first time. It will be held over two days (October 12-13, 2018) and will hear from York entrepreneur Peter Harrington in a keynote speech. There will also be policy discussions on the party’s recently published proposals on education, environment, energy and homelessness.
* Yorkshire Party candidate Steward Barber was beaten into third place on a low turn-out with Conservative Dave Elders taking the seat in the Hambleton Council ward. But Steward secured a creditable 10% share in an area where the Party had never put up a candidate before.
See conference details and book tickets at https://www.yorkshireparty.org.uk/events/2018-autumn-conference/