A true leader for York­shire

Spe­cial qual­i­ties of Dan Jarvis

Yorkshire Post - - LETTERS TO THE EDITOR -

THERE ARE few pub­lic fig­ures in York­shire – or fur­ther afield – with the lead­er­ship qual­i­ties of Dan Jarvis. A dec­o­rated Bri­tish Army Ma­jor who served his coun­try with dis­tinc­tion in North­ern Ire­land, Kosovo and Afghanistan, the Barns­ley Cen­tral MP is one of a se­lect num­ber of politi­cians who are re­spected on both sides of the House of Com­mons for their con­sen­sual ap­proach. When he leads, oth­ers fol­low. When he speaks, peo­ple lis­ten.

A Par­lia­men­tar­ian who has been at the fore­front of the de­bate on so­cial is­sues like fuel poverty for many years, Mr Jarvis has proved him­self to be a com­mit­ted cam­paigner for the whole of York­shire. Us­ing the ex­pe­ri­ence that saw him rise through the ranks of the mil­i­tary, his de­bates – with the help of oth­ers – on both trans­port fund­ing in the North, and York­shire de­vo­lu­tion, have been in­stru­men­tal in rais­ing the pro­file of both is­sues.

He’s not flinched when he’s come un­der fire from those politi­cians, like North­ern Pow­er­house Min­is­ter Jake Berry, who’ve tried to be dis­mis­sive of this re­gion’s pri­or­i­ties and he’s been work­ing painstak­ingly, both pub­licly and be­hind the scenes, for a year to ad­vance the One York­shire de­vo­lu­tion model that would en­able this proud county to take com­mand of its fu­ture. Lesser lead­ers would have given up by now, but he can see the big­ger pic­ture and po­ten­tial prize.

As such, he does ap­pear, at this stage, to be the out­stand­ing choice to be Labour’s can­di­date in the forth­com­ing Sh­effield City Re­gion may­oral elec­tion. Though this role ap­pears, at face value, to be at odds with his prin­ci­pled stance on One York­shire, he would use his elec­tion to this new role to not only cham­pion South York­shire’s most press­ing needs, but use his dual sta­tus – as mayor and MP – to bro­ker the coun­ty­wide de­vo­lu­tion deal that does ap­pear, fi­nally, to be within this re­gion’s grasp.

Not many politi­cians are pre­pared to stand for a job that they wish to abol­ish. But then not many vi­sion­ar­ies have the acu­men, both po­lit­i­cal and strate­gic, that Dan Jarvis clearly has in abun­dance.

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