Monday, 6 May 2019

Yorkshire Party among last week. breakers of two-party system.

Hidden away among the designation of Independents or others by the BBC was that  In the 2019 local elections the Yorkshire Party won four seats on Selby District Council and two on East Riding of Yorkshire Council. When taken alongside the one seat the party holds on North Yorkshire County Council due to a defection, this leaves the party with seven principal authority councillors in Yorkshire.
The party is also represented on town and parish councils across the region.
Small fry maybe , but it was not so long ago that Plaid would be listed  as "others" when it came to designation when we had elections on the same day as England.

The Yorkshire Party is a political party in Yorkshire, a region of the United Kingdom. Founded in 2014, it campaigns for the establishment of a devolved Yorkshire Assembly within the UK, with powers over education, environment, transport and housing.[
It describes itself as a centrist party built on social democratic principles and believes that “changing the way the UK political system works is the best way to address the everyday issues faced by people living in Yorkshire.”
The party has parish, town, district and county councillors, stood 21 candidates at the 2017 general election and secured 8.6% of the vote in the 2018 Sheffield City Region mayoral election.

Alongside Plaid Cymru , SNP,  and Mebyon Kernow They are members of The European Free Alliance (EFA) along side  a European political party that consists of various regionalist political parties in Europe. Members parties advocate either for full political independence and sovereignty, or some form of devolution or self-governance for their country or region] The alliance has generally limited its membership to progressive parties;]therefore, only a fraction of European regionalist parties are members of the EFA.

There is of course a  difference between the  Yorkshire Party's  "Regionalism" and Plaid and the SNP's call for Independence indeed   here may well be a difference in ambition  to Mebyon Kernow when it comes to Identity and their aims, but that is no reason to ignore or fail to support them.
Indeed when Scotland (very soon) leave the UK and hopefully  Cymru follows swiftly, then England will have to still address its centralism  in Westminster.
How it does it could be important if it decide to adopt a Geographic rather than a Regional Identification.
This is an obvious case in Cornwall but anybody who has faced the question "You aren't  Yorkshire are you" or their identification with their  County Cricket side will see a clear Identity.

In the mist of the Lib Dems and Green gains it could be that the real story of the future politics of England may have been written in Yorkshire.

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