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The Future for West Yorkshire’s Regional Democracy

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The Future for West Yorkshire’s Regional Democracy: Opportunities and Challenges

West Yorkshire (the towns and cities of Bradford, Halifax, Huddersfield, Leeds, Wakefield and surrounding areas in the north of England) has a population of 2.5 million people and one of the largest regional economies in England.

But in terms of the devolution process that has been underway in England since 2013, it has fallen behind Greater Manchester, the West Midlands and other comparable areas.

Given that England is widely acknowledged to be the most centralised established democracy in the world [1], the citizens of West Yorkshire are left with far less collective political authority over, and responsibility for, their common wellbeing and the place where they live and work than they would have in any other European country.

We want to change that, and we invite papers and presentations of your work to give us ideas, inspiration and tools for citizens to create a flourishing West Yorkshire from the ground up.

We welcome ideas and experience from anywhere in the world, and from any field. Presentations from arts, community and active citizen projects are equally encouraged.

We see the challenge of creating a flourishing, self-sustaining West Yorkshire as having two parts:

- What should we do, and do better, in our region? That activity might be in any field, including the climate emergency, transport, racial justice, economic democracy, education and skills, sport, democracy and governance, the arts and more.

- How can we actively shift the balance of England away from the bankers' capitalism of central London and the Home Counties

The symposium will consist of the following four panel sessions:

  • Space and Governance: What form should regional devolution to West Yorkshire take?
  • West Yorkshire youth: How might they contribute to regional democracy?
  • The right to the riding; who decides what happens in West Yorkshire / how can we create wider participation?
  • Is West Yorkshire a Colony of London?

After these four panels, the final session will be a series of small group discussions including everyone present (presenters and listeners), in which we try and synthesise the knowledge shared on the day, and construct some next steps. Next steps might include gathering further existing expertise, new research directions, and public activity by Same Skies.

If you would like to submit a paper or presentation, please use this web form to give us a brief outline

You are welcome to interpret the four panel headings as broadly as you would like.

Deadline for proposals: midnight, Sunday 8 December 2019
We will confirm selected presentations on Wednesday 18 December.

[1] Winnie Agbonlahor. 2015. UK ‘almost most centralised developed country’, says Treasury chief. Retrieved March 19, 2019 from https://www.globalgovernmentforum.com/uk-most-centralised-developed-country-says-treasury-chief/

Organisers: Tiffany R. Holloman, LaTonia Siler-Holloman, Jack Simpson, Ryan Swift, (University of Leeds), Andrew Wilson (Same Skies regional democracy collaborative)


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