The new unitary authorities in North Yorkshire represent the easiest option, with little creativity, but some benefits for Yorkshire.
While Johnson has overpromised on levelling up, plans to cut universal credit are only going to leave the country’s poorest further behind.
Burnham’s intervention at the Public Administration & Constitutional Affairs Committee laid the groundwork for devolution in Yorkshire and beyond
As the Northern Ireland Protocol is attacked by its architects, sensitivity, not megaphone diplomacy, is needed for peace.
Farewell to Matt Hancock, one of the most active contributors to our Compendium of Cabinet Codebreakers as secretary of state for health
Matthew Topham writes about South Yorkshire’s buses; from when Thatcher privatised transport, to now, when enhanced partnerships are a possibility. Regional mayors like Andy Burnham also have a huge influence over transport policy.
This week’s episode of the Bylines Network podcast looks at the potential of voter realignment in the South of England, as Alex and Jules speak to some of the people on the ground observing the changes.
Alex Toal digs into the weeds of the York pay-outs story. With allegations of misconduct against the council over the administration of pay-outs, how serious are the allegations and how has the council acted?
Alex Toal writes on the latest step of devolution in North Yorkshire, as a months-long consultation process comes to an end. Speaking with John Harris from OneYorkshire, whatever happens, devolution in North Yorkshire will be far from perfect, but it is a star.
Natalie Bennett writes about the Queen’s speech and the House of Lords, looking at the contrast between the representative nature of the Scottish parliament, and the attacks on democracy at Westminster. Ironically, the unelected House of Lords may be the only effective opposition.
The Batley and Spen by-election will expose a new European headache for Labour that has little to do with Brexit and a lot to do with the decay of the centre left.
Sue Wilson explains the significance of the electoral integrity bill on voting rights. Photo IDs are expensive and not everyone can afford them; but this doesn’t mean they should be denied their democratic right.
Steve Barwick, director of DevoConnect, shows how important it is that devolution that empowers mayoral combined authorities is part of the solution to levelling-up and the economic recovery
On the heels of an election that was more like a pre-independence referendum, Ian Kinsey reports on an elections that challenged the justification of Scots to determine their future, provided some surprise and ethic milestones, and envoked the ghost of Edward II and Black Agnes. A constitutional clash could be round the corner
Alex Toal breaks down the results of the local elections and what they mean for Yorkshire. Broadly speaking they show the importance of well-advertised local leadership, along with the strength of both the Greens and Liberal Democrats, with the right-wing vote consolidated in the Conservatives.
Martin Brooks writes about the importance of the Scottish elections. Scottish independence would reduce the pro-EU energy in Westminster, and if they were to rejoin the EU, the likelihood of the UK joining would be reduced.
Jane Thomas points out that there is more at stake in these elections than just Hartlepool. The nation must also consider the repercussions in Wales and Scotland, and what it will mean for the state of the union.
Ian Kinsey looks at the importance of the Scottish elections today (6 May). The SNP are set to win the parliemtary elections, and with this comes the increased chances of another Scottish Independence referendum. Scottish (and other British) people will have to wait at least two days before they know the outcome.
Alex Toal finishes his local elections preview with a look at West Yorkshire. The county’s districts have a third of their councillors up for election, in addition to the first ever mayoral race.
Alex Toal interviews Stewart Golton, leader of the Leeds Liberal Democrats and the party’s candidate for West Yorkshire mayor. Golton plans to “rage against the machine” at both the regional and national level, challenging leaders in West Yorkshire and Westminster to do better for local people.
Bob Buxton talks to John Hackett about democracy, devolution, and the balance of West Yorkshire ahead of the inaugural city-region mayoral elections this May.
Ahead of the elections this week, Alex Toal speaks with Councillor Andrew Cooper, the Green Party candidate to be the first mayor of West Yorkshire.
‘Bottom-up’ could be the best way to revitalise UK relations with Europe, though we’ll have to work twice as hard to do it, and with half the resources. This was the resounding message from city and regional officials from across UK and Europe in the latest gathering for Keeping Channels Open – Beyond Brexit.
Alex Toal links past with present as Eric Pickles is brought back into the public spotlight over the Greensill scandal.
Alex Toal previews the local elections in South Yorkshire. With elections in all four of the county’s boroughs: Rotherham, Barnsley, Sheffield, and Doncaster, a lot is to play for. A lot may change, in the four major trends in the region. Exciting moves up ahead!
Charles Whitmore explains the impact that Brexit has had and will on devolution. Different devolved powers have expressed different approaches to Brexit, but the UK Internal Market is set to reverse devolution in some areas.
John Cornwell, former deputy leader of South Yorkshire County Council, reviews its history, and what the future could be for South Yorkshire. Looking back to its creation before Thatcher, and the Iron Lady’s moves against the body, Cornwell has hopes for South Yorkshire’s resurgence.
Andy Brown breaks down the problems with the Chancellor, looking at its impact on care, education, waste management, and the government’s use of back room deals, cheap tricks, and pork barrel politics.
Historic structural and cultural barriers within the NHS, the ‘one size fits all’ mentality of Whitehall, and the ‘blame-game’ culture of politics, were several factors that stifled innovation and success.
The chancellor’s ability to understand economics and read a simple spreadsheet has been brought into serious question. This follows his announcement on Wednesday that the rich and leafy Richmondshire in North Yorkshire is a more deserving case for levelling up money than Barnsley or Sheffield.