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Regional development: say your piece
Monday 20 May

HIGHLY controversial plans to set up a Yorkshire Regional Parliament are to be discussed by North Yorkshire delegates at a meeting at York racecourse on June 10.

It was one a series of consultation conferences being organised by the regional development agency, Yorkshire Forward, ostensibly to update the 1999 Regional Economic Strategy (RES) but the background theme will undoubtedly be Government hopes of creating regional parliaments.

On the face of it, Yorkshire Forward has done a good job economically since its foundation, creating or safeguarding 43,000 jobs which have helped Yorkshire and the Humber to leapfrog the North West in the UK's economic performance league.

But the possibility of creating a regional assembly is being regarded with deep suspicion in rural areas, where people fear that available resources will be commandeered by the big towns and cities.

Anyone wishing to attend the York conference to say his or her piece should email events@yorkshire-forward.com

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