One year on, Rishi Sunak has done far too little for Yorkshire - The Yorkshire Post says
His 12 months in office have been politically and economically turbulent, and his chances of winning power if he goes to the country in about a year’s time look increasingly slim, especially so because of his Government’s failure to boost the fortunes of the north.
Despite being a Yorkshire MP, Mr Sunak has done far too little for the county he calls home. There have been broken promises and a glaring lack of action to level up the economy to iron out funding inequalities that continue to hold this region back, both on Mr Sunak’s watch as Chancellor and subsequently as Premier.
Indeed, his decision to cancel the northern leg of HS2 earlier this month has further undermined the prospects of the major economic revival that this huge area of the country needs if it is to prosper and give its young people the chances they deserve.
Mr Sunak should have no doubt about the extent of voter disenchantment with the Government in his own backyard.
That was demonstrated by the loss of the hitherto impregnable Conservative stronghold of Selby and Ainsty in July’s by-election, the first of a series of defeats in similarly safe seats.
As he reflects today on the past year and looks forward, Mr Sunak would do well to realise that he needs to do much more for Yorkshire and the north if he is to have any chance whatsoever of retaining its voters’ trust. If he does not deliver, and fast, he is electorally doomed.