A new ‘radical’ party may shake up Colne Valley politics if it decides to stand a candidate in next May’s general election.
Yorkshire First is seriously considering running for the parliamentary seat to bring people an alternative to established political parties to ‘upset the apple cart’ and push for a greater voice to those living in the area and a more ‘democratic, socially just and sustainable region.’
And ex- Labour member, Golcar councillor and political activist Paul Salveson said that he could be willing to stand if enough people got behind the party’s idea.
The news comes only one month after Paul quit the Labour Party to join Yorkshire First and only several months after the party was founded by former Holmfirth businessman Richard Carter at the start of this year.
Formed to vie for a seat in this year’s European elections, they want to see the creation of a Yorkshire parliament and create and back policies they hope will lead to the taking of key deciding powers from Westminster to elected representatives in the area.
Speaking about the potential of putting forward a candidate, Paul, said: “A lot of people in the Colne Valley are looking for a radical alternative to the existing political parties.
“While I have considerable respect both for the current MP and the Labour candidate I believe that Yorkshire First can provide a strong and progressive voice to the people of the Colne Valley who have proven in past votes their ability to upset the apple cart.
“Yorkshire First is about putting people first, challenging the Westminster consensus and making the case for a democratic, socially just and sustainable region that works for all the people of Yorkshire.”
He said that the party would make a final decision on its intention to stand following a meeting with supporters due to take place in the valley within the next few weeks .
Talking about the party’s aspirations, if they decide to stand, Paul said: “We’re not career politicians and if elected we would judge issues on whether they work and their impact on the people of the Colne Valley and Yorkshire.
“I am a passionate supporter of better transport links and more decisions being taken by people not politicians and if elected I would only take the average salary for a worker in the Colne Valley.”
Anyone who is interested in finding out more about the party or coming along to the meeting can contact Paul via email at email@example.com.
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