The Yorkshire Party has launched its general manifesto - titled Yorkshire Deserves Better - with a series of policy pledges on issues of Environment, Housing, Transport and Education.
This comes soon after the Yorkshire Party became the only non-Parliamentary Party in the UK to beat ChangeUK in May’s EU elections, scoring over 50,000 votes, and won six new Council seats on Selby District Council and East Riding Council in this year’s local elections. Since then, the party has so far announced 22 candidates for the upcoming General Election.
On Environment, the party has pledged to declare a region-wide climate emergency and achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2030, investing in off-shore wind and hydrogen technology whilst planting 6 million new trees.
On Housing, the party’s focus is on resolving the housing crisis - with a package of measures including a deposit match-funding scheme for first time buyers, to make home ownership once again achievable for younger people.
On Transport, the Yorkshire Party has become the only political party standing in this election to so far pledge the full £39 billion Transport for the North state is required to build Northern Powerhouse Rail, whilst also pledging to triple the number of electric car charging points in Yorkshire within 18 months.
Finally, on Education, the party’s focus is on ‘ending educational poverty’, with a pledge of a new ‘funding floor’ where every school pupil has at least £5,200 of Government funding per year - up from the £4,000 seen in parts of our region.
Chris Whitwood, Leader of the Yorkshire Party, said:
“For too long, the Westminster parties have felt they can treat Yorkshire, and the north, as an afterthought. Having already announced 22 General Election candidates I’m delighted we are today launching our manifesto, with practical policies to bring our region back together by solving Brexit, whilst focussing on fundamental issues like the environment, transport, housing and schools.
“It’s clear that Westminster isn’t working for Yorkshire anymore. From crumbling schools to appalling air quality problems and dilapidated transport networks, our region deserves a better future. The Yorkshire Party is going to fight to deliver that better future.”
The manifesto also outlines the party’s vision for the Economy, Brexit, Families and Health and Social Care. It can be viewed by clicking here.