top of page

General Election 2024

John Phillip Hall

Yorkshire Party

Wetherby and Easingwold



Party Manifesto:




Candidate Statement on Climate, Energy, Nature and the Environment

As we approach the upcoming general election, it is essential to reflect on the unique environmental challenges facing our region and the critical need for local leadership to address them effectively.

I am committed as is the Yorkshire Party to creating a sustainable and thriving future for Yorkshire. Dr Simon Biltcliffe our co-leader's personal investment in rewilding 166 acres of land—planting thousands of trees, creating wet ponds, and restoring wildflower habitats—exemplifies the proactive approach we advocate for. This ambitious rewilding project is a testament to our party's dedication to nature restoration and biodiversity.

The Importance of Regional Governance

A regional government for Yorkshire would possess a profound understanding of our local environmental needs, enabling us to implement tailored solutions that national policies often overlook. Successive governments have failed to account for the specific needs of Yorkshire's countryside communities. By bringing decision-making closer to home, we can ensure that policies reflect our region's unique environmental landscape and the aspirations of its people.

Yorkshire's rich biodiversity is under threat from habitat destruction and pollution. The Yorkshire Party is committed to protecting and restoring our natural environment. Our policies will prioritise reforestation, wetland restoration, and the establishment of new nature reserves. By increasing the powers of protectors of National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, we aim to safeguard these precious landscapes for future generations.

River Pollution

Clean rivers are vital for our ecosystems and communities. We will implement stricter regulations on industrial discharges and agricultural runoff to reduce pollution. Our plan includes enhancing monitoring and transparency through Open Data reporting, ensuring that all environmental issues are subject to ethical scrutiny.

Active Travel and Air Quality

Improving air quality and promoting active travel are interlinked goals. The Yorkshire Party will introduce measures to restrict traffic in high pedestrian areas and encourage the use of bicycles and public transport. We will support the development of cycling infrastructure where appropriate, and pedestrian-friendly urban designs to reduce air pollution and enhance public health.

Climate Change Resilience

Yorkshire must be resilient in the face of climate change. Our policies will promote the use of renewable energy sources such as wind, solar, and hydroelectric power. We advocate for the reintroduction of subsidies for solar panel installations to encourage households to generate and store renewable energy. Additionally, we support sustainable agricultural practices that reduce carbon emissions and enhance soil health.

Sustainable Agriculture and Land Use

Balancing the needs of food production, energy generation, and nature conservation is crucial. The Yorkshire Party will champion sustainable agricultural methods that protect soil quality and biodiversity. We will encourage farmers to adopt agroforestry, organic farming, and other practices that enhance the environment. Our support forlocal produce will strengthen Yorkshire's agricultural economy while promoting healthy, sustainable food.

Waste Management and Recycling

The current recycling schemes in Yorkshire are fragmented and confusing. The Yorkshire Party will standardise waste collection and recycling across the region, making it easier for residents to participate in sustainable practices. We will promote deposit return schemes for glass jars and bottles and encourage manufacturers to consider the full lifecycle of their products, reducing the use of single-use plastics.

Water Resources and Flood Management

Water is one of our most valuable resources. We will promote rainwater harvesting and the use of recycled water in industry. Our policies will ensure that new homes are equipped with rainwater capture systems. To address flooding, we will support natural land usage and tighter planning regulations in flood-prone areas.

A Future for Our Children

The Yorkshire Party stands for a better, more sustainable environment to make Yorkshire a happier and healthier place in which to live. Our policies place a high value on environmental credentials in every action and product. We believe that by planning for the way we live and the products we use, we can reduce the impact of everyday life on the environment. Our children deserve a future where clean air, pure water, and vibrant natural landscapes are the norm, not the exception.


As your candidate for the Wetherby & Easingwold constituency, I am dedicated to delivering on these promises and ensuring that our region thrives environmentally, economically, and socially. With the support of local people, we can achieve a sustainable future for Yorkshire. Together, let's make Yorkshire a beacon of environmental leadership and innovation.

bottom of page