Leeds Green Party

Green Councillor from Leeds slams proposals for an Elected Mayor and joins calls for referendum on the matter with Green Councillors across Yorkshire

8 September 2015

Cllr David Blackburn signing the statement

Green Councillor for Farnley & Wortley David Blackburn was joined by Green Councillors from York, Kirklees and Sheffield to criticise the idea of elected mayors across Yorkshire.

“The Green Party believes that any proposals for an Elected Mayor within the region should be subject to a Referendum to be held at the same time as the Police and Crime Commissioner/Local Elections in May 2016. This will help reduce costs and ensure that the people have the final say.”

“Greens recognise that there is no actual increase in funds being offered to the Region by the UK Government, but instead the transfer of control from a remote Whitehall Government to remote Mayors. This is not true devolution of power that is on offer but the centralisation of power in the hands of one individual.”

“There are some attractions in taking powers from Whitehall to the Yorkshire and The Humber Region. For example, in 2013 the UK Government redirected £200million of European funding that was destined for Yorkshire to Scotland, presumably with one eye on the Independence referendum. If what is on offer could prevent that misappropriation of funds by the UK Government then that would be a positive thing.”

The full statement from the Green Councillors is available here: http://greeningkirklees.blogspot.co.uk/2015/09/press-release-statement-by-green-party.html

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