Yorkshire devolution debated in Commons

MPs have been told any plans for a Yorkshire-wide devolution deal can't include any of the South Yorkshire boroughs.

Hull and the East Riding are among 17 councils that have expressed an interested in joining forces to form a coalition.

The issue's been debated in the commons and was lead by MP John Grogan.

He's calling for the support of the Archbishop of York to help resolve the issue.

"The Archbishop of York office has told me he's supportive of the process of Yorkshire Devolution, he'll closely examine the proposals of the 17 councils involved and will be in contact with Leeds and Sheffield about the most appropriate action to take.

The Northern Powerhouse Minister Jake Berry welcomes discussions, but says certain issues need resolving to move forward:

"The Greater Yorkshire Deal can't include any of the South Yorkshire boroughs, because if to do so, it'd undermine the position of good faith that underpins the Sheffield City deal and all devolution deals the Government seeks to negotiate."

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