Published On: Mon, Feb 23rd, 2015 on 6:10 pm

Yorkshire First party makes manifesto available online

The Yorkshire First political party has made its manifesto available online ahead of its formal launch in York in two days time.

Yorkshire First Leader And Deputy Leader

(l-r) Deputy leader Stewart Arnold, and leader Richard Carter.

The manifesto sets out the party’s policy initiatives on education, energy and the economy, with a central focus on a directly-elected accountable Parliament for Yorkshire.

Some of the specific policy initiatives include a call for a ‘Yorkshire Challenge’ for education to address current failures on child poverty and social mobility, and the creation of a ‘Yorkshire Futures Fund’ mutually-owned and funded to drive growth in the region.

The manifesto also includes a vision to set up a new bank holiday for the region on 1 August named Yorkshire Day.

It will mark the abolition of the trade in slavery brought about by the work of Yorkshire MP, William Wilberforce.

“A more balanced UK”

Leader of the party, Richard Carter, said: “The Yorkshire First manifesto frames our approach to taking powers away from Westminster to Yorkshire showing the positive benefit that would bring to us here and in turn allowing us to unleash the fantastic potential which exists.

“The aim of the manifesto is to show how, with the right structures, tools and powers we can succeed as a region, that works for all parts of Yorkshire, and builds a more balanced UK.”

Yorkshire First has selected six GE candidates so far with several more expected to be announced over the next few days.

There will be over 30 local council candidates.

The manifesto can be viewed on the Yorkshire First website at

What do you think about the Yorkshire First party? Let us know in the comments.

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  1. Tom Learoyd says:

    It’s great to see more talk over potential for Yorkshire devolution. A devolved Northern or English parliament wouldn’t go far enough. We need to devolve to the regions so that every centre of commerce and their environs (but, more to the point, their people) get the care, attention and power that each individual one needs. Yes to devolution. Yes to Yorkshire.

  2. Robert Preston says:

    Yorkshire people should have their own Assembly in the same way Scotland, Wales and London do. If not, why not? Are we second class.

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