Johnson ponders Yorkshire mayor bid

Published: Tuesday 23rd June 2015 by The News Editor

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Hull MP Alan Johnson would consider running for mayor of Yorkshire, he has said in a local interview.

Chancellor George Osborne has promised to offer more power to regions with an elected mayor as part of his vision to create a Northern Powerhouse.

This has led to Hull and East Riding Councils reaching out to Leeds, Sheffield and York to form a combined Yorkshire authority.

Johnson, the MP for Hull West and Hessle, was asked if he would consider the role of mayor. He revealed he “wouldn’t rule it out” but added a note of caution, saying there is a long way to go yet.

The move to unite Yorkshire has raised concerns with some business leaders, however, who would rather see a Humber mayor instead.

Regional leaders of the Chamber of Commerce, Institute of Directors and Federation of Small Businesses have written to the Government to express their preferences.

leader Steve Brady says he initially sought a closer working relationship with his south bank counterparts but was rebuffed, so he is now seeking an alliance with Yorkshire partners instead.

Alan Johnson was speaking to the Hull Daily Mail.

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Published: Tuesday 23rd June 2015 by The News Editor

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