A new progressive political party in Yorkshire unveiled its first general election candidate yesterday.
Professor Paul Salveson was selected to fight the Tory-held Colne Valley seat for the regionalist Yorkshire First party, which was formed in April.
Mr Salveson was selected at a meeting in the constituency on Thursday evening attended by more than 30 supporters.
And he kicked off his campaign yesterday by pledging to take only the average Yorkshire workers’ wage if he’s elected as an MP.
He said he would use the money saved to employ two young local people and promised to stand down after a single term to “give younger people opportunities.”
Setting out the party’s platform, Mr Salveson added: “We will be campaigning for a democratic voice for Yorkshire as a means of building a more socially just and inclusive society based on a dynamic regional economy.”
Mr Salveson is a former
Labour councillor and a former railway guard and signalman who went on to become an academic and consultant on transport.
He is also involved in the pro-devolution Hannah Mitchell Foundation, named after a radical Manchester Labour councillor and suffragette.
Colne Valley is currently represented by Tory MP Jason McCartney but in 2010 the constituency was a three-way fight between the main parties.
Labour’s candidate for Colne Valley is Jane East, an international aid worker from London. She has worked for Amnesty International and now works for Christian Aid.
In this May’s elections to the European Parliament, Yorkshire First polled 20,000 votes but did not gain a seat.
Yorkshire First party founder Richard Carter said: “Following the Scottish referendum, the time is ripe for change. Scotland has a similar population to Yorkshire yet we have none of the devolved powers the Scots enjoy.
“We don’t begrudge them that but Yorkshire needs similar first-rate devolution, not second-class city regions that keep power and decision-making out of the hands of the people of Yorkshire.”
The Yorkshire region of the Labour Party declined to comment on the development.