Our Campaigns

We support a regional government for Yorkshire for the following reasons:-

  1. Yorkshire is a separate “stand alone” region with its own strong identity, defined boundaries and spirit of community;
  2. the Yorkshire economy is diverse, integral and has huge potential;
  3. the Yorkshire brand is well known;
  4. Yorkshire has the economic scale to prosper;
  5. from our research, it is apparent that many services such as policing, health, education, transport and economic and industrial policy are best dealt with at a regional level, moreover, some major infrastructure projects, for example, the building of a world class international airport to service the whole region and the creation of rapid transit systems for key urban areas simply could not be tacked by existing local authorities as they do not have access to the means to carry out such major projects successfully;
  6. regional government is inclusive whereas devolution based around medium sized urban areas such as West and South Yorkshire is not (Those of us in the north and east also want to be better connected to the urban areas within Yorkshire as well as those beyond so that we may visit them and their people can visit us, thus vastly improving the flow of trade.);
  7. regional government will provide us with a voice on an international as well as national scale;
  8. a regional government will focus on regional issues, will have more in depth knowledge of the problems facing us, will be closer to the people and should be accountable to the local electorate;

Whilst we recognise the deficiencies of the current One Yorkshire Proposal (the powers on offer are inadequate, the suggested level of funding is derisory, the economic case has not been properly made and the governance arrangements are convoluted), we believe that having a “One Yorkshire Administration” would be a huge step forward for us and would create a strong rallying point for our people. We fully support this proposal and the people behind it. We hope that it is the first step in a journey to better times for Yorkshire.


RJH
13 May 2018