Wednesday, March 17, 1999 Published at 10:22 GMT
Yorkshire bid for home rule
Symbol of Yorkshire: The beautiful Dales
A campaign is getting under way to give Yorkshire its own parliament.
They say the Yorkshire and Humber Regional Development Agency and other organisations will only succeed if there is a democratic and accountable parliament.
In the 1970s the Conservative government hived off part of Yorkshire to become Humberside, a 20-year campaign started, resulting in Humberside's return to the fold.
Devolution is seen by some as the next step forward.
BBC North of England Correspondent Richard Wells said: "The campaign is unlikely to find support from the government, but that won't deter those behind it."
Campaigners for a Yorkshire parliament are expected to announce on Wednesday that they are prepared to invest £25,000 a year to pay someone full time to promote the cause.
"We were also the first region to establish a regional chamber in 1998 which consists of 22 local authorities and 12 partner organisations.
She said that the campaign aimed to have a parliament within two or three years.
"We will have ensure that we persuade the government to bring forward legislation for a regional government at the earliest opportunity. I don't think it would be in this parliament, but we want it sooner rather than later."
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