“One Yorkshire” Gathering

The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, hosted a gathering of 100 political, business and civic leaders at Bishopthorpe Palace in York on 1st August, Yorkshire Day. The primary purpose of the gathering was, evidently, to try to move forward the “One Yorkshire” devolution initiative which has not yet found favour with the Westminster government.

The Yorkshire and Humber Confederation of British Industry, Institute of Directors and Trades Union Congress issued a statement joining a united front with Yorkshire’s councils.

York Minster Yorkshire Day

“We Support One Yorkshire whose aim is to bring to fruition the plan, backed by 18 Yorkshire Councils and the Mayor of South Yorkshire for One Yorkshire Devolution with an Elected Mayor. We believe this would assist growth in the local economy, improving productivity and the creation of good jobs.

By uniting as a region, we can ensure Yorkshire’s voice is heard clearly nationally and internationally. An Elected Mayor for Yorkshire would have the power to speak for an area with the scale and influence that could not be ignored by any national Government and would be attractive to international partners. This would build on a globally recognized brand and an identity shared by all our communities. Yorkshire Devolution would enable up to an extra £1 billion a year to be spent on local priorities, including public transport, skills and housing. Decisions would be taken closer to where their impact will be felt, lowering costs, boosting efficiency and improving outcomes. This deal offers a pragmatic solution to those councils who want to press ahead with securing a deal, and provides an open line of communication between all parties to ensure continued, and future, collaboration in the interest of growth and prosperity across the entire region.”

A series of next steps was agreed, including the establishment of a One Yorkshire Committee which will meet for the first time in September. John Grogan, MP for Keighley, is shown as the key contact john.grogan.mp@parliament.uk

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