Council leaders continue to back Yorkshire devolution bid despite lukewarm government response

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 13 Jul 2018

Council leaders across Yorkshire have reaffirmed their desire for a devolution deal for the region.

Nineteen town hall leaders - including Hull's Steve Brady and East Riding's Stephen Parnaby - met yesterday after the government issued a lukewarm response to the idea of Yorkshire deal by 2020 earlier this week.

City council leader Steve Brady (Image: Peter Harbour)

In a statement, the leaders said: "Having promised to give careful consideration to the One Yorkshire proposal, Yorkshire leaders were disappointed the government’s response earlier this week was a three paragraph letter placing obstacles to achieving a devolution settlement and not addressing the detail of the proposal.

"The One Yorkshire proposal has the cross-party support of 18 authorities and the mayor of the Sheffield City Region, ready to deliver a devolution deal right now which would offer huge benefits for the region and the wider UK economy.

"With the constructive support of the government, an agreement can be in place and a mayor for One Yorkshire elected by 2020.

"Yorkshire leaders were clear that they stand together - united to deliver One Yorkshire working with a constructive partner in government.

East Riding Council leader Stephen Parnaby

"Yorkshire leaders have tasked officers with continuing to develop the One Yorkshire plan in line with the demands set out by the government and expect the government to respond with a constructive approach and rapid progress in the coming weeks and months."

The statement said all the region's council leaders "remain united to deliver what the people of Yorkshire want, what the region deserves and what could benefit the whole of the UK."

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