It is a pleasure to follow Jim Shannon, who is a fellow member of the Select Committee on Northern Ireland Affairs. He made a typically extensive and interesting speech. There are three reasons why I am delighted to take part in the debate, Mr Betts. The first is the fact that you, a fellow Yorkshireman, are in the Chair. The second is that today we are celebrating a great victory by an England squad with no fewer than seven Yorkshire-born members.
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, with reference to Article 2 (2) of the draft protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland of the draft agreement on the withdrawal of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union, if he will publish the rights and privileges associated with of the Common Travel Area.
Topical Questions - Housing, Communities and Local Government
Oral Contribution: 18th June, 2018
Has the Secretary of State yet personally had the chance to consider the important matter of Yorkshire devolution, and will he agree to meet the Yorkshire leaders from all parties before Yorkshire Day on 1 August—the Secretary of State personally?
Civic leaders will hold key talks on ‘One Yorkshire’ devolution on Thursday with their unity tested after the Local Government Secretary refused to open discussions on a deal backed by the overwhelming majority. James Brokenshire has written to Sheffield City Region (SCR) Mayor Dan Jarvis and all the region’s 20 councils, 18 of which support a One Yorkshire deal, to say the Government is “not prepared” to discuss the proposals as they currently stand.
If the home nations submit a bid to host the 2030 World Cup, the government must not bow to pressure from Fifa and amend its laws protecting the tournament’s TV rights from being sold to the highest bidder, parliament will be told on Wednesday. Just hours before England take on Croatia in the World Cup semi-final there will be an adjournment debate in parliament to discuss listed sporting events, those protected for free-to-air television. After the doomed bid for the 2018 World Cup, it emerged that the government had indicated it was prepared to kowtow to Fifa and pledge there would be no restrictions on TV coverage of the tournament.
A former Minister has become the first Conservative MP to publicly back an all-Yorkshire devolution deal with powers and money flowing to the region from Westminster. Ex-Immigration Minister Robert Goodwill told the Government “doing nothing is not an option” with 18 out of 20 of the region’s councils backing ‘One Yorkshire’.
THE moment when a speeding car narrowly missed mowing down a pedestrian in South Street, Keighley, was captured on film. The potentially lethal antics of a pair of Audi drivers was caught on video by a horrified motorist whose own vehicle came close to being hit in the same incident. A still picture from the footage shows the cars – which were racing each other – heading towards Ingrow at about 7.45pm on June 26. A pedestrian in a light coloured top was about to cross the road but can be seen getting back onto the kerb, just in time to avoid being run over by the white Audi.
THE number of houses built in the district over the coming years may be reduced by thousands, as Bradford Council has been urged to alter its local development plans. It means that large areas of Bradford’s green land that were likely to be allocated for housing may now be spared. But one councillor fears that developers will try to make the most of the time before this new, reduced figure is adopted to try and secure developments in the more rural areas of the district.
Key Cabinet Minister James Brokenshire has committed to respond “in detail” to proposals for the devolution of powers and money from Westminster to a Yorkshire-wide mayor. In his first public comments on the plans since being appointed in April, the Local Government Secretary told The Yorkshire Post he was also “very conscious” of the “lively debate” over devolution in Yorkshire. Sheffield City Region Mayor Dan Jarvis, who is trying to broker a ‘One Yorkshire’ devolution deal, welcomed Mr Brokenshire’s commitment as a chance to break the “deadlock” in talks.
KEIGHLEY councillors have been encouraged to join the Jet set. District and town council representatives are being urged to leave their cars at home and hop on a bus. They are being offered a free ‘ticket to ride’ as part of national Catch the Bus Week, which began on Monday. Keighley Bus Company hopes the initiative, through the Transdev Go mobile phone app, will tempt more people to ditch their cars and travel on its popular Jets service network. Catch the Bus Week – now in its sixth year – is promoted by the sustainable travel group, Greener Journeys, with the backing of operators.