Ministers say they will not even discuss ‘One Yorkshire’ devolution despite town halls overwhelmingly backing it

Yorkshire political leaders who almost all support a region-wide devolution deal have been told by the Local Government Secretary it cannot go ahead as currently proposed, in a move which appears designed to break their unity at a crucial moment.
Local Government Secretary James Brokenshire has written to all the region’s 20 councils, 18 of which support a ‘One Yorkshire’ devolution deal, to say the Government is “not prepared” to discuss the proposals if they include any of the authorities which make up the Sheffield City Region.

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