On Yorkshire Day, I’m pleased the landmark devolution deal to York and North Yorkshire, including a new elected mayor, has been signed by Secretary of State, Greg Clark, at the National Railway Museum in York. As someone who has campaigned for a fairer deal for the north since being elected, this will return power back to local people and bring vital investment to the area.
It will create a new combined authority across the area with a directly elected mayor and will devolve a range of powers and responsibilities to better address specific needs within the region.
This agreement is subject to ratification by those councils, and to the statutory requirements for making the secondary legislation implementing the provisions of the deal. These statutory requirements include those councils consenting to the legislation and Parliament approving it. Once that legislation is made the devolution deal will be confirmed.