MENU Unleashing Yorkshire’s Potential Through Devolution

Current Executive Committee

The current YDM leadership committee is made up of four people, this will be expanded as YDM grows and we can further specialise each role.

Nigel Sollitt - Chairman and Treasurer

Born in 1959 in Fulford in the East Riding of Yorkshire and lived and went to school near Walmgate Bar in the City of York.  Unfortunately, my father’s work took me away from Yorkshire several times during my formative years and even more unfortunately, the way I spoke became influenced by alien accents as far apart as central Africa and the south of England. This became a matter of great upset for me but I always remember some words my dad said to me about this. He said, “Son, it’s not the accent that comes out of you that makes you a Yorkshireman, it’s the passion, belief and sense of identity that stays inside you!” Those words swelled a pride within me that has never waned.  It is that pride in God’s Own Country that has driven me to speak out for the integrity of Yorkshire, the identity of the Yorkshire people and their rights to self-determination through devolution.

I began campaigning in September 2010 after hearing Prime Minister, David Cameron, fail to give one valid reason why Yorkshire should not have her own White Rose Parliament, as he had been asked to give by MP David Blunkett.   During that campaigning, I came across others who share my visions for Yorkshire.  In April 2012 we formed a social media group which I named ‘Yorkshire Devolution Movement’ and at a meeting I arranged, the Movement was officially founded in York on 2nd March 2013.*  It is an honour to have served as Chairman since.

*Special thanks to Gareth Shanks, YDM’s first Secretary and to Stewart Arnold, YDM’s first Vice-Chair.  Special thanks also to Richard Honnoraty, YDM’s first Treasurer, who joined the Executive Committee in September 2013..

Martin G. Clayton - Vice Chairman and Secretary

Keith Clayton - Executive Committee Member