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Residents invited to join Facebook live to show support for York

Published Wednesday, 18 November 2020

City of York Council are inviting residents and businesses to tune into a special Facebook live this Friday (20 November).

The Facebook live will see local leaders and special guests discussing what makes York special and to launch a campaign backing York’s case to remain a unitary council.

The Facebook live will take place on Friday 20 November from  3-4pm. Join at

During the Facebook live, York supporters and city partners will show their support for York by discussing what makes York special and why it is crucial for the future of the city for York to continue on its existing footprint, rather than be merged with surrounding rural and coastal areas. The event will also launch a joint campaign that encourages residents to show their support.

Residents are invited to join Facebook live and hear from several well-known figures from the worlds of politics, health, education, business and local government.  This will include:

  • Cllr Keith Aspden, Leader of City of York Council (Liberal Democrat Group)
  • Cllr Andy D’Agorne, Deputy Leader of the Council (Green Group)
  • Cllr Danny Myers, Leader of the Opposition (Labour Group)
  • Cllr John Galvin, York Independent Group
  • Cllr Dave Taylor, Independent

Who will be joined by:

  • Rachael Maskell MP, Member of Parliament for York Central, who will present the petition to the House of Commons
  • Cllr Carl Les, Leader of North Yorkshire County Council (Conservative)

And representatives from local organisations:

  • Andrew Digwood, President of the North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce (business representative)
  • Prof Stephen Eames CBE, Independent Chair and Lead for the Humber Coast and Vale Partnership (health representative)
  • Brent Kilmurray, Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust
  • Tom Gibson, Clerk to and Past Master of the Gild of Freemen of York (Gild representative)
  • Honorary Alderman Ann Reid MBE, Clerk and former Master of the Company of Cordwainers of the City of York
  • John Tomsett, Headteacher and Chair of the York Schools and Academies Board (education representative)
  • Max Reeves, Director at the Helmsley Group

And by individuals attending in a personal capacity and other business representatives:

  • Greg Dyke, former Chancellor of the University of York
  • The Rt Hon Sir Vince Cable, former Secretary of State for Business
  • David Dickson, Chairman, Family Business Matters Ltd

Cllr Keith Aspden, Leader of City of York Council, said:

Local residents and businesses have clearly outlined their support for York’s case to maintain our footprint, and that they do not wish to see their local priorities diluted through any local government merger affecting our city.  

Therefore, I’m inviting residents and businesses across the city to join us for this special Facebook live on Friday 20 November, when, together with partners from across the city, we will launch a campaign encouraging people to Back York.”

“With the challenges posed by the pandemic and the importance of building back better, York has a series of unique strengths and opportunities that can see us go from strength to strength. Here at the Council, we are already working with partners to drive this work, and instead of talking about changing York, we should be making the case for York.”

Cllr Andy D’Agorne, Deputy Leader of City of York Council, added:

The importance of protecting our identity, protecting the right for local decision making to be made here in York, by the Councillors local people have elected, cannot be under-estimated at this crucial time in our history.

“That is why I would encourage local residents to tune in to our Facebook Live session on Friday and here how they can get involved to back York on the national stage.”

Andrew Digwood, President of West and North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce, said:

York's proportionate contribution to the proposed devolved region economically and in terms of it's distinct identity, strengths and potential cannot be overstated, and for that reason the Chamber supports the opportunity to retain the distinct identity within the devolution unitarisation proposal.

*Please note: Resident do not need a Facebook account to watch the live video however, they will need their own Facebook account to comment on the video