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Current executive committee

The current YDM leadership committee is made up of four people, this will be expanded as YDM grows and we can further specialise each role.

Nigel Sollitt – Chairman

My name is Nigel Sollitt but those of you on facebook or twitter may know me as Yorkshire Nige. I was born in 1959 just outside the city of York in the traditional East Riding of Yorkshire and I lived and went to school in the city itself.
Unfortunately, my father’s work took me away from Yorkshire several times during my formative years and even more unfortunately, the way I spoke became influenced by alien accents as far apart as central Africa and the south of England. This became a matter of great upset for me but I always remember some words my dad said to me when I explained to him how I felt about this. He said, “Son, it’s not the accent that comes out of you that makes you a Yorkshireman, it’s the passion, belief and sense of identity that stays inside you!” Those words swelled a pride within me that has never waned.
It is that pride in God’s Own Country that has driven me to speak out for the integrity of Yorkshire, the identity of the Yorkshire people and their rights to self-determination through devolution. In doing so, I came across others who share my visions of a Yorkshire comprising all parts within her traditional boundaries, a Yorkshire people recognized as exactly that and a Yorkshire empowered to make her own decisions and determine her own destiny.
Together, we have founded a movement that actively campaigns to achieve those visions; a movement that is rapidly becoming a household name in Yorkshire through the attention of newspapers, radio and television; and a movement that has grown beyond expectation since it was officially founded as recently as 2nd March 2013. That movement is the Yorkshire Devolution Movement and I consider my election as its first Chairman to be the greatest honour.

Stewart Arnold – Vice Chairman
I edit YDM’s blog and I’m responsible for media relations. I first wrote about Yorkshire devolution in February 2002 and have been an active campaigner ever since. I was Chairman of the Campaign for Yorkshire 2002-3 and have been a Liberal Democrat Councillor and Parliamentary candidate.

Gareth Shanks – Secretary
I am a former UKIP and Conservative party member, I keep membership records and run the newsletter, Yorkshire Forward. I plan to be expanding YDM’s influence in universities while professionalising our campaigning efforts. Next September, I will be attending university to study teaching physical education. If you have any general enquiries, please contact me on

Richard Honnoraty – Treasurer
I worked in finance in both the public and private sectors for nearly 40 years before retiring last year. I live in East Yorkshire. I have various hobbies so retirement is not exactly boring. I have no political affiliations but I believe that Yorkshire’s potential and that of its people are significantly understated and under valued.

  1. Andie permalink

    What would an independent Yorkshire do for the poor folk of this county? Would you curb immigration and put Yorkshire folk first for homes and jobs?

    • Yorkshire Devolution Movement is not advocating an independent Yorkshire but greater ‘home rule’ through a directly elected assembly. What stance the political parties would take on immigration and housing in that assembly one would assume to be the same stance as they take nationally.

  2. Gill co permalink

    Where are the women in this movement please.

    • Lauren, who is from Maltby, has just joined the Executive Committee. Ex-MEP Diana Wallis will be debating devolution on the BBC Politics Show (Yorkshire) tomorrow

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