This month’s metro mayor elections in many parts of the North have left me with mixed feelings of envy and determination.
Envy about the positive debate it has inspired around how to do things differently; envy about the soft power that leading candidates are already demonstrating; and envy about the additional powers that are already starting to be added.
But also determination – determination to ensure that my home in east Leeds can still benefit from devolved democracy.
Yorkshire expected to lose out over failure to agree devolution deals
A SENIOR councillor has admitted parts of Yorkshire could lose out on Government cash if they are not part of devolution deals.
West Yorkshire Combined Authority chairman Peter Box agreed that it is likely the Government will give more favourable treatment to areas that have agreed deals to take more control over their own affairs and create metro-mayors.
He argued the combined authority had made a strong case for the proposed Leeds City Region deal and called on ministers to explain how the Greater Yorkshire approach they appear to favour would have a bigger impact on the economy.