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"Region Before Politics" Pledge from York and North Yorkshire Council Leaders

Council leaders say the cross party nature of the new York and North Yorkshire Combined authority isn't a problem.

North Yorkshire residents will be electing a Mayor for the first time in May. The Mayor will head up the new York and North Yorkshire combined authority which came into being earlier this month.

it will be led by the Mayor who will be elected in May and will receive over half a billion pounds of government funding over the next 30 years.

The Mayor - will work alongside  two councillors from the Labour controlled City of York Council and two from the Conservative controlled North Yorkshire Council. The new Mayor could be from any political party or of course none.

Carl Les the Conservative Leader of  North Yorkshire Council doesn't think the cross party nature of the new authority is a problem and believes that once the Major is installed the councillors will work together for the people:

James Farrar has been appointed interim director of transition for the York & North Yorkshire Combined Authority. Mr Farrar says  the cross party nature of the body is working well.

When asked how the politically split combined authority would work together, the Labour leader of the City of York Council, Councillor Claire Douglas said:

“Even though we have got quite different politics and challenges we have got clear threads that run through the challenges of York and North Yorkshire, such as affordable housing and getting around efficiently.”

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