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I thought the Sheffield elections had been postponed because Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire are kicking up a fuss about part of there counties being in the Sheffield City region.
The problem Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire have is that Sheffield has historically been in both Yorkshire and Derbyshire. Now it is almost solely in Yorkshire but the influence certainly pulls in bits of Derbyshire peaks district, Chesterfield and Worksop. The area drawn is the correct one and the local governments in the areas seem to think so to. But there is nothing like a boundary dispute to tie up courts for years on end and put a holt to this great idea.
Interesting g that the centre for cities ignores the desire, when asked, of the people of the so called Sheffield city Region for a Yorkshire wide deal. Yorkshire should aspire to first rate tried and tested powers similar to Scotland or Wales. Anything else is a lack of ambition on the part of local and national leaders. Time for the Yorkshire Party to be bold, and fight for real powers for our region.
Cllr Tim Swift
I agree with your points about a regional devolution being very different from the “city economy” model. The Government lost thus clarity when they started talking about county deals, and its got worse under May’s government.
But you have to appreciate the frustration of West Yorkshire leaders in all of this. We were willing- despite our fundamental objections to elected mayors – to deliver a City Region deal and saw this effectively blocked by Tory MPs in narrow party political grounds. So what’s the alternative? Do we start to listen to the siren voices calling for a Yorkshire deal? Or would we be better narrowing our focus and seeking a West Yorkshire only deal covering most but not all of the City Region?
Sheffield and South Yorkshire are parts of Yorkshire and would therefore have devolution with a Yorkshire-wide deal so would not miss out on anything. We would actually be better off with a Yorkshire-wide deal because we would benefit not only at local level through subsidiarity but at regional level from a voice for Yorkshire and from such matters as Yorkshire-wide infrastructure projects, the ‘Yorkshire’ brand, superior procurement capability and greater inward investment. Even if that means having a Yorkshire-wide mayor (for now) this would effectively be a diluted version of a mayor from the perspective of South Yorkshire compared to having a mayor who only focusses on South Yorkshire itself, thus being more appealing to those who oppose a South Yorkshire mayor.
The only party that is serious about making devolution work has named a candidate. I will be standing for the Yorkshire Party in the Sheffield City Region mayoral election.
Although, like the people who signed it, we are unconvinced by the nuts and bolts of the deal- we are committed to making it work as a first step towards the county wide devolution model that we believe will give most benefit to the people.
The delays moving forward are all about empire building and petty jealousies between the local Labour leaders. They are willing to crash the whole deal rather than share power. We will present a progressive alternative with concrete policies aimed at rebuilding our communities. It’s time to end the toxic, master and servant, relationship between Westminster and town hall elites that has presided over the managed decline of our region. It’s time for a democratic, vibrant new Yorkshire.
Nicely said and all the best, Mick!