A PUBLIC detate as to whether Yorkshire needs an elected mayor to meet its ambitions for further devolved powers is to be held in Leeds this Autumn.
The conference will be jointly hosted by the YEP with its sister title The Yorkshire Post at the papers’ combined offices on Whitehall Road, Leeds and will hear opinions from across the political and social spectrum.
Hosted by the YEP’s Editorial Director Jeremy Clifford the event comes as vastly increased powers are offered to the Manchester city region, an area which has agreed to install an elected mayor.
While we currently have a city region for Leeds, as well as another for Sheffield, it is becoming increasingly apparant from the Chancellor of the Exchequer that an elected mayor for the entire region will be required if we are to see similar powers brought to Leeds.
A spokesman for the YEP said: “The way ahead is not straight-forward – there will be those who advocate the status quo because they contend that the cost of previous local government shake-ups has outweighed the promised benefits.
“This is far more profound than the traditional Leeds versus Sheffield rivalry which has skewed policy in the past; those who travel between the two cities on a regular basis for work or other purposes will know, from first hand experience, that the challenges facing both locations are inter-related and this needs to be reflected in the final decision.”
The YEP is keen to hear your views and comments on our Facebook page or via @LeedsNews on Twitter. Email yout views to email@example.com. Welcome to Yorkshire is hosting an online poll to guage a snapshot of public opinion and can be found at www.yorkshire.com. To express an interest in attending the event email firstname.lastname@example.org.