There's more to Yorkshire than meets the eye

Meet Kevin Larkin, our Yorkshire reporter

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Yorkshire. The land of whippets, flat caps, coal mines and back to backs...

The old stereotypes have persisted for too long and although you still see the odd whippet and flat caps have come back into fashion, we’ve lost our coal mines and it seems like new build housing estates are popping up all over the county now.

Yorkshire makes the best tea, brought home more golds at the Olympics than any other region in 2016 and has some of the most stunning countryside anywhere on Earth - it’s called God’s Own County for a reason.

An aerial view of Bolton Priory in the Yorkshire Dales. PA Photo. Picture date: Tuesday July 28, 2020. Photo credit should read: Richard McCarthy/PA Wire
An aerial view of Bolton Priory in the Yorkshire Dales. PA Photo. Picture date: Tuesday July 28, 2020. Photo credit should read: Richard McCarthy/PA Wire

But we know that despite the many great things about Yorkshire, that we’ve got some issues which need sorting out.

My ancestors moved to Doncaster to work on the railways during the Industrial Revolution so it’s probably not a shock that transport would be top of my list. Whether it’s fighting the A64 to the coast, getting Leeds the tram network it desperately needs or sorting out our buses so we can get around our towns and villages. Yorkshire and the Humber gets £309 per head spent on transport here compared to £882 in London - we all know that needs to be made fairer.

We also need the powers that be to train more people up so we can take advantage of the new job opportunities coming our way. Things like the Bank of England moving jobs to Leeds, government jobs coming to York or big firms like McLaren bringing manufacturing jobs to Rotherham and Sheffield won’t make a real difference unless local Yorkshire folk are skilled up to do the work. We don’t want handouts from London, just a fair share of spending so we can make the region better using our own hard graft.

A Northern employee at Leeds train station.
A Northern employee at Leeds train station.

I’ve lived and worked across this county for years in villages and towns across North, South, West and East Yorkshire. The biggest strength of all in Yorkshire is our people and I love nothing better than helping ordinary Yorkshire folk tell their stories.

Whether it’s women in Leeds concerned about sex work in the city, HS2 campaigners in South Yorkshire worried about the impact on their communities or the stress caused to drivers when York’s Lendal Bridge was shut off to traffic, I’ve always tried to give a voice to those of us getting on with our lives in the county and trying to make our communities a better place to live.

I’m really excited to be working with you to tell your stories so please get in touch and let’s give Yorkshire a loud and proud voice on GB News.