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Lead candidates of all the parties standing in this month’s EP elections in Yorkshire & the Humber asked for their views on Yorkshire devolution

May 10, 2014

In the interests of fairness (after all we are an all-party group) we have invited the lead candidates of all the parties standing in this month’s EP elections in Yorkshire & the Humber for their views on devolution to Yorkshire and we have asked for a piece for the YDM blog on this topic. The title for all submissions is: Why I want Yorkshire to have the powers to shape its own destiny. So far there have been three responses from the lead candidates: a cursory dismissal by the Liberal Democrats and two blog pieces by the candidates from the Green Party and Yorkshire First. These two blogs will be posted in the next day or so but out of interest this is what Helen Joseph, assistant to Edward McMillan-Scott, the lead candidate for the Liberal Democrats wrote in response:

Whilst Edward McMillan-Scott is in favour of stronger powers for local government – particularly in his capacity as Vice-President of the Local Government Association – he is not in favour of devolution.

This admission is somewhat surprising given that some Liberal Democrats in the region are nevertheless supportive of YDM and its aims, plus the preamble to the party’s constitution says: we aim to disperse power and ensure decisions are taken at the lowest practicable level.  In any case, it is good to tease out of the candidates’ views on this issue.

 

 

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