Yorkshire First co-founder and leader, Richard Carter will be contesting the Dewsbury seat in the May General Election.
A year after co-founding Yorkshire First, Richard Carter has made his intentions known to stand in the General Election in May for the Dewsbury seat. The party’s leader was selected by his membership as its candidate for the seat.
The leader of a new political party focused on is set to run for in May’s General Election.
“We are a new party with ordinary people united by the belief that Yorkshire can do better,” Mr Carter said.
Yorkshire First was founded in April 2014 as a vehicle for giving more power to Yorkshire. The party campaigns for Yorkshire’s powers on the lines of Scotland’s political autonomy.
“We want to build a Yorkshire where all who were born here, or have chosen this great place to live, work or play, are proud to call themselves Yorkshire folk. However, we are living in a country that has 9 out of the 10 poorest areas in the whole of northern Europe. Three of those are in historic Yorkshire. At the same time London is the richest. That is not good enough,” he said.
Seven weeks after its formation, Yorkshire First hoisted Carter as its candidate in the European Parliament elections where he managed to garner 19,000 votes.
“It is the national parties that have allowed this situation to arise. And it is now time for real change. I am the 13th candidate to be announced by Yorkshire First, and we will give people a positive choice – a vote for a voice for Yorkshire, that demands similar powers to those of Scotland. After all we have a larger population than Scotland, and an economy twice that of the Welsh, but with the powers of neither,” Mr Carter explained.
He said his party was for the devolution of powers on the national scale to regional administrations.
“Too many decisions in this country are taken in Whitehall. That has to change. I want to see more powers devolved away from London to Yorkshire. I also want to see much more local decision-making in our towns and villages where more decisions are taken by people and not politicians,” he said.