The Yorkshire Party was set up to campaign on the idea of greater devolution for Yorkshire and its five million people.
Founded in 2014, the Party is pro-devolution and pledges to judge issues on how they will affect Yorkshire, its people, economy and environment.
The Party wants Yorkshire to have decision-making powers through a devolved assembly within the UK; to build a more democratic, engaged and accountable society and to rebalance the economy away from the South East, creating a thriving Yorkshire that works for all the people who have chosen to work, study or live here.
The Party is represented on three principal local authorities in Yorkshire having councillors on North Yorkshire County Council, Hambleton District Council and Selby District Council.
In the local elections of May 2018, the Party achieved its best ever results. Among the highlights more than 1,500 votes were cast for Bob Buxton in Guiseley and Rawdon – a Party record for number of votes at a council election; Paul Phelps got 25% of the vote in Castleford and Glasshoughton; Tony Devoy got 27.5% of the vote in the Barnsley North East ward – the best percentage result by a Yorkshire Party candidate in a single election.
In the Sheffield City Region, mayoral candidate Mick Bower, scored 22,318 votes – almost 10% of the vote. He was third in Doncaster, Barnsley and Rotherham – well ahead of the Liberal Democrats, Greens and other, smaller parties. In those three districts, Mick was only a few hundred votes off second place. The Party scored more votes in South Yorkshire than in the 2017 General Election, where the entire region was up for election.
In line with its electoral advances, membership has risen by 50% in the past year.
In May 2018 the Party launched a detailed document to reiterate its principles, covering: devolution, the economy, environment, education, health and social care, and transport.
It aims to stand over 100 candidates in next year’s local elections in Yorkshire.
The Yorkshire Party is a member of the European Free Alliance, an umbrella organisation for 40 progressive, nationalist, regionalist and autonomist parties across Europe. It includes the SNP, Plaid Cymru and Catalan and Corsican parties.
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