Decentralisation and the future of Yorkshire

We would like to invite you to attend a one-day symposium on regional devolution and the future of Yorkshire at the University of Huddersfield sponsored by the Political Studies Association. The event will coincide with the launch of the report on regional devolution by an All-Party Parliamentary Grouping (APPG) of MPs drawn from across Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire.  The day will bring together politicians, business leaders, representatives of regionalist parties, academics and local organisations to discuss the prospects for decentralisation measures in Yorkshire.  The symposium will include panels on regional devolution in Yorkshire; the political economy of Yorkshire; and issues of politics and regional identity in Yorkshire, looking also at previous experiences in England and across Europe. Ed Cox (Director, IPPR North) will deliver a keynote speech, and the day will finish with a roundtable discussion on the future of devolution and decentralisation in Yorkshire.

The event will act as a forum for a critical and incisive debate about an increasingly salient issue in UK governance – providing a roadmap for future decentralisation strategies, and for developing a voice for Yorkshire in a new era of regional politics. The symposium has been organised by the PSA’s Britishness Specialist Group, and the Centre for Research in the Social Sciences (University of Huddersfield), with the support of organisations such as Local Government Yorkshire Humber, CBI Yorkshire and Humber, the Hannah Mitchell Foundation, Unlock Democracy and the Institute for Public Policy Research North.

Confirmed speakers include:

  •          Ed Cox (Institute of Public Policy Research North)
  •          Jason McCartney MP
  •          Barry Sheerman MP
  •          Andrew Percy MP
  •          Dr Eve Hepburn (University of Edinburgh)
  •          Dr Joanie Willett and Dr Garry Tregidga (University of Exeter)
  •          Len Tingle (BBC)
  •          John Huddleston (CBI)
  •          Paul Salveson (Yorkshire First)
  •          Michael Dawson (Campaign for the North)


There is no charge for delegates but you will need to register if you wish to attend.

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