LEE WALTON is the Yorkshire First Candidate standing in the Beverley and Holderness Constituency for the 2015 General Election. He is the first of our candidates to issue an election statement via HU12 Online.
Lee Walton is one of thirteen Yorkshire First parliamentary candidates that the party is standing in this May’s election.
A town councillor for Hornsea and a local businessman, Lee moved to the East Riding three years ago. His wife having grown up in the area, he now considers the East Riding his adopted home and is actively involved in a number of local organisations.
Lee believes it is time for change. “UK politics is at a tipping point. People are disillusioned and fed up with the old tribal three party politics we are so used to. We have seen in the wake of the Scottish referendum a surge in interest in localism, but the old parties will not deliver. A devolved parliament for Yorkshire will give us greater control over taxation and over how the money is spent on vital local services such as the NHS, police, education and transport.”
“Given that Yorkshire has a population larger than Scotland and an economy twice the size of Wales, asking for a devolved parliament is not an unreasonable request. This needs to be coupled with reforms that will see some powers moved from Westminster to local councils, so that local people are far more involved in the decisions that affect them.”
“I am particularly concerned at how Yorkshire always seems to be at the bottom of the list when it comes to funding. Our schools, our hospitals, our police forces all suffer from chronic underfunding, and we’re still threatened with more cuts! Our schools in particular are suffering, with the lowest spend per child in the country, whilst our hospitals A&E departments are on ‘Black Alert’.”
“Some politicians would have you believe that this is due to immigration, but this is not the root cause of the problem. Despite what they would have you believe, its lack of funds coupled with mismanagement.”
“Yorkshire’s cities are now being wooed by the national parties with the promise of city-based devolution, but these offers completely ignore rural areas and smaller towns such as Hedon. We need 1st rate regional devolution so that the whole of our region can benefit, not just the ‘Northern Powerhouse’ cities.”
“And finally, a further advantage of voting for Yorkshire First is that we have no party whip, so if elected I will act in parliament for the benefit of my constituents, not my party.”
Our General Election (Parliamentary) page is at HU12 Online – General Election 2015