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Engage with the Future: Special Online Debate with York and North Yorkshire Mayoral Candidates

18th April 2024

As we stand at the crossroads of our region’s future, the upcoming mayoral election in York and North Yorkshire holds immense significance. Among the myriad of pressing issues facing our communities, the urgency of addressing the climate and nature emergency stands out as paramount.

In this pivotal moment, it’s imperative for voters to understand how each mayoral candidate intends to tackle these critical challenges. To facilitate this understanding, we are excited to announce a special online debate featuring the candidates vying for the mayoral position.

Event Details: Date: Monday, April 22nd, 2024 Time: 7:00 PM (GMT) Location: Online (Link to be provided upon registration)

Confirmed Participating Candidates:

  • David Skaith (Labour)
  • Felicity Cunliffe-Lister (Liberal Democrats)
  • Keith Tordoff MBE (Independent)
  • Kevin Foster (Green Party)
  • Paul Haslam (Independent)

This debate serves as a platform for candidates to articulate their visions, policies, and commitments regarding the climate and nature emergency. It offers voters a unique opportunity to engage directly with the candidates, gaining insights into their strategies for sustainability, environmental protection, and community resilience.

This event is organized by a coalition of environmental and climate groups across the region, including Friends of the Earth, CPRE North and East Yorkshire, National Trust, North Yorkshire Climate Coalition, North Yorkshire West Federation Women’s Institute, Regional Youth Climate Assembly, Yorkshire Dales Rivers Trust, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, and The Sustainability Community.

How to Participate: To participate in this crucial discussion and shape the future of our region, simply register for the event using the provided link. Registration is free, and all are welcome to join.

To Register

Engage and Empower: Your participation in this debate is not only an opportunity to learn about the candidates’ positions but also a chance to voice your concerns, aspirations, and priorities. Together, we can foster a sustainable and resilient future for York and North Yorkshire.

Stay Informed: For more information about the Friends of the Earth’s Mayoral Election Campaign and to access the candidates’ responses to an online survey on key issues, visit [link to Climate Action Plan for York and North Yorkshire].

Mark your calendars and join us as we engage with the future of our region. Together, let’s shape a path forward that prioritizes the well-being of our communities and the health of our planet.

For more information on the YNY mayoral election see

Friends of the Earth