Trickett backs “irresistable” case for devolution and a Yorkshire mayor

MOMENTUM behind plans for a Yorkshire mayor to shift power from Whitehall to the region will grow further today with the support of a senior Labour figure.

Shadow Cabinet minister Jon Trickett will call for a “single elected voice for Yorkshire” alongside a new Council of the North and a Bank of the North.

Mr Trickett, the Shadow Lord President of the Council and Hemsworth MP, will defend Labour’s record on devolution in Government but admit “we didn’t go anywhere near far enough” as he declares the case for moving power from London “irresistable”.

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‘One mayor’ devolution call for Yorkshire and the Humber

A directly-elected mayor should run a single devolved region taking in the whole of Yorkshire and the Humber, a senior shadow minister has said.

Jon Trickett told a conference in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, that a “Council for the North” should also be set up.

The Labour MP’s comments come after a mayoral election for the Sheffield City Region was pushed back to 2018.

The delay followed a High Court ruling about a flawed consultation process.

Voters were expected to choose an elected mayor for South Yorkshire and parts of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire for the first time in May under a deal announced by then chancellor George Osborne in 2015.

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