YORKSHIRE COUNCIL leaders have told the Government they have a “credible” plan to take over powers and money from Whitehall through a new elected mayor for the region.
The 17 leaders signed up to the One Yorkshire proposal have asked Local Government Secretary Sajid Javid for a meeting to “progress talks”.
Their letter is the latest sign of the growing momentum behind the One Yorkshire proposal to bring an end to the region’s devolution deadlock.
The letter to Mr Javid says the proposal is “capable of maximising growth across the region, delivering on the Government’s Northern Powerhouse agenda and achieving the support of wider stakeholders throughout Yorkshire”.
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David Cameron was uncomfortably close to the truth when, in 2015, the then Prime Minister responded to a question on devolution by remarking – in an unguarded moment – that “we just thought people in Yorkshire hated everyone else, we didn’t realise they hated each other so much”.
This whole debate has been overshadowed by a lack of unanimity for years, and to the county’s detriment, as rival regions press ahead with new decision-making and spending powers. The then Tory leader’s exasperation was understandable.