Doncaster follows Barnsley in voting overwhelmingly for Yorkshire devolution deal

Doncaster should be part of a wider Yorkshire devolution deal '“ according to the overwhelming majority in a community poll.

Thursday, 21st December 2017, 2:28 pm
Updated Thursday, 21st December 2017, 2:30 pm
Doncaster people voted for a wider Yorkshire deal.

More than 45,000 Doncaster residents voted in the poll throughout December which directly asked whether voters would want the Mayor and Council to pursue a wider Yorkshire deal or a Sheffield City Region deal. More than 85 per cent of those who voted preferred a wider Yorkshire deal.

The Mayor of Doncaster, Ros Jones, announced the results at full council today.

She added:“This result has clearly shown that Doncaster people want a wider Yorkshire deal and that they identify with the county and want to be part of a larger regional devolution story."

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“The overwhelming majority shows that this was important to both local residents and businesses, which have already told the Chamber of Commerce that they want to be part of a wider Yorkshire deal.

“More people in the borough now know more about devolution than ever before and the benefits it will bring. I will now, with the support of Council, write to the Government and push ahead with our express wish to be part of a wider Yorkshire deal which we will champion strongly on behalf of Doncaster,”


Wider Yorkshire deal – 85.2% (38,551 votes)

Sheffield City Region deal – 14.8% (6,685 votes)

Turnout: 20.1%

Total number of votes cast: 45,470

Total number of valid votes to be counted: 45,236

Votes cast by post: 36,666

Votes cast online: 8,804

Total number of votes found to be invalid: 234.

People in Barnsley also voted overwhelmingly in favour of Wider Yorkshire deal.