Leader of the Council welcomes House of Lords proposal


Cllr Keith Aspden, Liberal Democrat Leader of City of York Council, has welcomed the suggestion to move the House of Lords to York and has offered the council’s support to help civil servants progress the plans.

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Writing to the Prime Minister, Cllr Aspden said:

“It is pleasing to learn the Government is considering York as the next Home of the House of Lords. The council and partners, including Network Rail and Homes England have worked closely to develop an ambitious masterplan for the York Central site.”

“It is encouraging to learn the Government is aware of the quality of the development and is considering it as a potential home for the second chamber.”

 

Reflecting on the significance of selecting York as a potential new home for the House of Lords, Cllr Aspden added:

“Over the centuries, York has been the historic capital of the North and of course, the home to the Council of the North. Today, the City of York continues to resonate with many different people. Whether it be health, social reform, community action or the environment, York continues to influence locally and nationally.”

“York is the ideal location for a reformed House of Lords, one that is both representative and closer to the people it serves. The Government must work to decentralise powers and ensure the North of England benefits from this process.”

“The quality of the York Central site and the occupiers it will attract means that residents will benefit from the opportunities this brings, including higher paid and more skilled jobs, together with an increased profile for the city.”

“By writing to the Prime Minister, I have committed council support to help progress this proposal and I will be encouraging colleagues across the region to do the same.”

 


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