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Leader of Liberal Democrats on the London Assembly supports Yorkshire devolution

February 21, 2014

Writing on Lib Dem Voice website ahead of her party’s debate at York in a couple of weeks time, the Leader of the Liberal Democrats on the London Assembly, Caroline Pidgeon, has written that devolution would be good for Yorkshire.

As previously blogged here the Liberal Democrats are discussing a wide-ranging policy motion ‘Power to the People’ at their Spring Conference 7-9 March. One element of this is the party’s proposals for devolution in England; a proposal seemingly without some difference of opinion within the party. Nevertheless, Caroline Pidgeon, says unequivocally of her party’s policy paper, “I truly believe the proposals would be good for Cornwall and London, but also Birmingham or Yorkshire, if that is what local people wanted.”

An endorsement from a senior Lib Dem leading a group in successful devolved assembly is welcome and can be added to those from across the political spectrum.


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  1. Individuals from all parties, at times, feel free to state that they support this or that campaign. In Cornwall to are more than use to various Lib Dems announcing their support for Cornish devolution, but it is all just hot air when time comes to propose changes and then vote for them in Parliament. It is only the existence of the SNP and Plaid that have driven the agenda in there respective countries, and forced change. The YDM is a great initiative – it generates debate – but don’t expect much more than warm words until Yorkshire has its own autonomist party that hits the others where it hurts, namely in the ballot box.

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