We want devolution, says York council leader

York Press: Coun James Alexander Coun James Alexander

YORKSHIRE should be given more power to make its own decisions through “Scottish-style devolution”, York’s council leader has said.

Coun James Alexander and his fellow councillor Joe Riches will next week propose that City of York Council should be at the forefront of a campaign for a Yorkshire and Humber Parliament, a regional assembly or a team of local authority chiefs to take over responsibilities and money from central Government.

The idea will be discussed at a full meeting of the authority next week, but it has drawn a mixed response from other Yorkshire council leaders.

Coun Ian Gillies, leader of York council’s Conservative opposition, branded it “part of Coun Alexander’s plan for world domination”.

Coun Alexander said: “Yorkshire and the Humber has a similar population to Scotland and an economy almost double that of Wales, and it’s about time it had similar powers. Devolution has led to more powers and success in both Scotland and Wales, and Yorkshire and the Humber should have a chance at equal or better success.”

Coun Riches claimed councils could not resolve issues which cut across local authority boundaries, such as transport and economic matters, on their own.

He said: “The ties between York and its neighbours grow stronger by the day, but collaboration between authorities would be helped with regional government.”

Barnsley Council leader Stephen Houghton said the “devil was in the detail”.

But he said: “In principle, it’s certainly something to be looking at and I believe it would be a good thing.

“Yorkshire’s economy and population is as big as Scotland’s, so there’s no reason why we can’t have the same control over our future.”

North Yorkshire County Council leader John Weighell said: “We went through this a few years ago and the view of a large proportion of Yorkshire’s population was an overwhelming ‘no’.

“It’s not a good idea and to put an extra cost into the system of government would be out of order.”

Dr Chris Rogers, of the University of York’s department of politics, said regional devolution was appealing “in principle” but said it was questionable whether enough people identified politically with Yorkshire as a unit.

He said: “It is therefore necessary that advocates of this proposal can provide a clear evidence base that Yorkshire and the Humber represents a distinct economic and cultural area, of a similar status to Scotland and Wales, and can identify why the current programme of decentralisation from central Government cannot meet the needs this presents.”

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3:56pm Fri 23 Mar 12

idlehousewife says...

Whatever next?!
Whatever next?! idlehousewife

4:04pm Fri 23 Mar 12

JamesHinch says...

Total waste of time and effort. We don't need more bureaucracy or want to create even more of an 'us v them' culture than already exists in Scotland and Wales. England at least should stick together.
Total waste of time and effort. We don't need more bureaucracy or want to create even more of an 'us v them' culture than already exists in Scotland and Wales. England at least should stick together. JamesHinch

4:12pm Fri 23 Mar 12

TheTruthHurts says...

James are you using an old calendar?.... it is April 1st a week on sunday!
James are you using an old calendar?.... it is April 1st a week on sunday! TheTruthHurts

4:17pm Fri 23 Mar 12

direction says...

And how much will this rubbish idea cost us tax payers,before they realise it's unworkable???
A waste of time and money and that's just on James ! Let alone this crazy idea!
Why does he care anyway, York is just a pit stop for him anyway.
And how much will this rubbish idea cost us tax payers,before they realise it's unworkable??? A waste of time and money and that's just on James ! Let alone this crazy idea! Why does he care anyway, York is just a pit stop for him anyway. direction

4:19pm Fri 23 Mar 12

Woody Mellor says...

The Peoples Republic of Yorkshire.

I like it!
The Peoples Republic of Yorkshire. I like it! Woody Mellor

4:22pm Fri 23 Mar 12

TheTruthHurts says...

Woody Mellor wrote:
The Peoples Republic of Yorkshire. I like it!
wouldn't that be T' peoples republic of yorkshire?
[quote][p][bold]Woody Mellor[/bold] wrote: The Peoples Republic of Yorkshire. I like it![/p][/quote]wouldn't that be T' peoples republic of yorkshire? TheTruthHurts

4:26pm Fri 23 Mar 12

eboracum says...

Divide and Rule eh! Is the man mad?
Divide and Rule eh! Is the man mad? eboracum

4:27pm Fri 23 Mar 12

oldgoat says...

ROFL.....

In case he missed the result from 2004:

"Thursday's vote - with 78% of ballots cast in the no camp - suggests there is no appetite for the idea even in the area where ministers believed there was the greatest local interest."

....and they're going to waste time on this at the next council meeting?
ROFL..... In case he missed the result from 2004: "Thursday's vote - with 78% of ballots cast in the no camp - suggests there is no appetite for the idea even in the area where ministers believed there was the greatest local interest." ....and they're going to waste time on this at the next council meeting? oldgoat

4:38pm Fri 23 Mar 12

yorkmaninscotland says...

Is this a joke?!
Is this a joke?! yorkmaninscotland

4:58pm Fri 23 Mar 12

yorkandproud says...

"Scottish-style devolution". Free student fees, free prescriptions, etc etc etc. Great Idea. Go James, you the man!
"Scottish-style devolution". Free student fees, free prescriptions, etc etc etc. Great Idea. Go James, you the man! yorkandproud

5:02pm Fri 23 Mar 12

nowthen says...

James Alexander " The last King of Yorkshire " Ha ha ha hah , what a bufoon. He needs to get the potholes filled and houses built before he starts dreaming of his coronation.
James Alexander " The last King of Yorkshire " Ha ha ha hah , what a bufoon. He needs to get the potholes filled and houses built before he starts dreaming of his coronation. nowthen

6:05pm Fri 23 Mar 12

magic cat says...

And will Commisar James Aleksander rule the Yorkies from the Kremlin aka his new palace in Station Rise complete with sofas and flat screen TVs?
And will Commisar James Aleksander rule the Yorkies from the Kremlin aka his new palace in Station Rise complete with sofas and flat screen TVs? magic cat

6:12pm Fri 23 Mar 12

gmsgop says...

Actions speak louder than words. James, if you support devolution, why not start in York by devolving power downwards to the communities you represent- but oh- the ward committees have been almost disbanded with zero consultation and you seem to be continuing to grab all power that you can- chair of the Council AND the only strategic partnership for York (Without Walls) -
Actions speak louder than words. James, if you support devolution, why not start in York by devolving power downwards to the communities you represent- but oh- the ward committees have been almost disbanded with zero consultation and you seem to be continuing to grab all power that you can- chair of the Council AND the only strategic partnership for York (Without Walls) - gmsgop

6:42pm Fri 23 Mar 12

chrisatyork says...

Kaiser james strikes again. What next war of the roses part 2?
Kaiser james strikes again. What next war of the roses part 2? chrisatyork

6:54pm Fri 23 Mar 12

thewold says...

Surely pies are culture enough, but what exactly are we defining as the Humber??
Surely pies are culture enough, but what exactly are we defining as the Humber?? thewold

7:29pm Fri 23 Mar 12

nowthen says...

It is enough that the people know there was an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything.
Joseph Stalin . Why does this sound so familiar ?
It is enough that the people know there was an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything. Joseph Stalin . Why does this sound so familiar ? nowthen

7:55pm Fri 23 Mar 12

Even AndyD says...

Oh for goodness sake. Embarrassing.
Oh for goodness sake. Embarrassing. Even AndyD

7:57pm Fri 23 Mar 12

Silver says...

Is it a full moon? at the moment councillors are going nuts, in whitby a councillor is claiming he has a 9 green lizard alien for a mum and James Alexander wants to form his own country?
Is it a full moon? at the moment councillors are going nuts, in whitby a councillor is claiming he has a 9 green lizard alien for a mum and James Alexander wants to form his own country? Silver

8:49pm Fri 23 Mar 12

lioncub says...

I think he has just fallen flat on his face at the first hurdle!!!!
I think he has just fallen flat on his face at the first hurdle!!!! lioncub

9:48pm Fri 23 Mar 12

York1900 says...

well could be worth while if yorkshire had home rule as London short changes us every time and we pick up the bills for London
well could be worth while if yorkshire had home rule as London short changes us every time and we pick up the bills for London York1900

12:17am Sat 24 Mar 12

NoNewsIsGoodNews says...

Does this mean we get our own national stadium, I wonder?
Does this mean we get our own national stadium, I wonder? NoNewsIsGoodNews

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