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Comment on One Yorkshire devolution by Leader of Leeds City Council


Yorkshire Devolution – an historic opportunity for the whole country.

The One Yorkshire plan would see one combined devolved authority – like those established in the West Midlands, Greater Manchester and the Liverpool city region for the whole of the county.

It would be headed by a directly elected mayor and would oversee transport, economic development and skills. The scheme would see some powers given by the government to Yorkshire, under the control of an elected mayor.

The Leader of Leeds City Council Councillor Judith Blake has issued the following statement on the launch of the One Yorkshire organisation today to support the campaign for devolution for Yorkshire.

The leader of Leeds City Council Councillor Judith Blake said:

“The chorus of voices in favour of One Yorkshire devolution is growing and it’s time for the government to listen and stop holding our county back. Yorkshire politicians from all parties, as well as cross-sector representatives in the TUC, the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) and the Institute of Directors (IoD), all recognise what devolution would mean to people in Yorkshire.

“It would help grow the economy, create jobs, and allow more money to be spent on local priorities such as transport, skills and housing, which would improve people’s lives and help spread prosperity and opportunity across our great county.”