Chris Whitwood – Leader
Chris became Deputy Leader of the Yorkshire Party in 2016 and became Leader in March 2019. He is the youngest leader of any political party in the UK.
As well as being responsible for design work, he also represents the Yorkshire Party within the European Free Alliance. Chris has always been passionate about youth work, volunteering for charities such as St John Ambulance and UK Youth.
He trained as a product designer before becoming a primary school teacher. He now works for a company designing teaching resources.
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.
The former industrial buyer decided on a career change and has been working with charities supporting older people since 2016 after volunteering with older people since childhood. She now works for the charity Independent Age, tackling loneliness and promoting older people’s causes throughout South Yorkshire.
She is also 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.
Laura’s political passions are on providing equality of opportunity, and as a late convert to the idea of devolution 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.