Commons address to push for talks on ‘One Yorkshire’ devolution

The case for a so-called ‘One Yorkshire’ devolution deal will be made in the Commons this week in an attempt to convince government to open talks with council leaders.

Keighley’s Labour MP John Grogan has secured a debate to discuss Yorkshire devolution on Tuesday but the Department for Communities and Local Government last night reiterated that Ministers would not consider a deal for the whole of Yorkshire.

Mr Grogan told The Yorkshire Post that he hoped Northern Powerhouse Minister Jake Berry would consider talks after the Sheffield City Region deal was effectively scrapped at a meeting of South Yorkshire council leaders three weeks ago.

Mr Grogan, secretary of the All Party Parliamentary Yorkshire Group, said: “It has been a couple of weeks since South Yorkshire pulled out so I hope that we can now discuss and move on a bit.”

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