Julian Smith MP

At the beginning of November, I was delighted to be appointed Government Chief Whip by the Prime Minister.


Budget 2017: Hammond and May put on united front on visit to Leeds College of Building

Chancellor Philip Hammond today threw down the gauntlet to Yorkshire’s cities to show him plans for high value transport schemes after his Budget was criticised in the region for focusing on areas with metro mayors.

The budget has sparked concerns over front-line services

Bleak prospects for front-line services in North Yorkshire following Budget announcements

North Yorkshire County Council has warned that residents face 'bleak prospects of further tough decisions' on front-line service following the Chancellor's Budget.
Warnings were sent to 15 councils including York over their Local Plans

Central government warning over local plans challenged in Harrogate

Harrogate Borough Council has warned there can be no delay for the district’s Draft Local Plan following news of potential central government intervention across the country.
Harrogate traffic has been getting worse in recent years because of the town's population growth.

Solutions to Harrogate and Knaresborough’s congestion woes to be set out by council leaders

A report on whether a relief road is needed to help tackle the growing congestion problems in two North Yorkshire towns will be published by county council bosses later this month.

Leaders of county councils say they have little choice but to put up council tax to address funding shortfalls.

Taxpayers in rural Yorkshire hundreds of pounds a year worse off due to council funding ‘lottery’

Funding inequalities mean people living in rural Yorkshire have up to £500 per head less spent on their public services a year than in London, it was claimed last night.

The application for the Wildlife Centre has been withdrawn so further consultation can be carried out

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust withdraw Nidderdale wildlife centre application for further consultation

The Yorkshire Wildlife Trust have withdrawn an application to build a new wildlife centre near Gouthwaite Reservoir after concerns were flagged over a lack of public consultation.
Chris Grayling boards a train in York on his way to Horsforth. Picture: Gary Longbottom

‘Look at what we’re doing’: Grayling comes out fighting on Northern transport

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has come out fighting over his department’s commitment to the North as he insisted the region’s leaders have all the same powers to improve services as their counterparts in London.

The Government today laid down legislation which will see Transport for the North become the first body of its kind.

Pioneering transport powers for the North hailed as ‘game-changer’ by Government

The creation of the first body of its type in the country to drive forward transport plans for the North was announced by the Government today.

Cass Lane is among the Green Belt sites put forward

'Lazy planning' for traveller sites on Knaresborough Green Belt

Green belt land near Knaresborough being allocated as permanent traveller sites has been branded as ‘lazy planning’ by town councillors.
Space for spectators could increase from 2,800 to 5,000 under the plans

First steps for Harrogate Town's major stadium upgrade

Harrogate Town has started the process  to secure planning approval for their stadium upgrade which is expected to cost more than £1million.

Harrogate Borough Council revealed the draft of its Local Plan last week

Campaigners challenge vision for Harrogate housing

Campaigners have warned that a lack of infrastructure will leave one of the North of England’s most affluent districts unable to cope with a wave of development which has been outlined in a 20-year vision.

Lord O'Neill has criticised the commitment of Theresa May's Government to the Northern Powerhouse

Show us you’re committed to Northern Powerhouse, Theresa May urged

One of the architects of the Northern Powerhouse project has called on Theresa May and two of her senior Cabinet colleagues to explicitly commit to giving the North’s strategic transport body the same powers as its counterpart in London.

The cost of residential parking permits is to increase in North Yorkshire for the first time in a decade.

Cost of parking permits to go up

The cost of parking permits in residential areas across North Yorkshire is to increase for the first time in a decade in an effort to “make life easier for residents” by funding other crucial schemes in the county.

North Yorkshire County Council's Executive gave approval for a price to be set

Major land sale terms agreed for sugar beet factory near Harrogate

A 'substantial amount' has been agreed upon for the major sale of land near Harrogate where a sugar beet factory could be built.

Pannal Post Office, image courtesy of Google.

Deal could still be struck to keep a Pannal post office

Post office staff and parish councillors have said a deal could still be struck to keep a post office in Pannal.
Harrogate Borough Council issued thetender last month

More than £200,000 helping prevent 'unsightly tv aerials' across Harrogate

A contract for more than £200,000 is up for grabs to help prevent 'unsightly' aerials being installed at council owned residential blocks across the district.

Information from residents would be put towards recommendations made for changes

Last chance to have your say on Harrogate's Parliamentary boundary

A final date has been announced to have your say on the decision to not alter Harrogate's constituency boundaries in time for the next general election.
Skipton and Ripon MP Julian Smith has been appointed Chief Whip.

LATEST: Skipton and Ripon MP Julian Smith appointed Chief Whip

Skipton and Ripon MP Julian Smith has been promoted to Chief Whip for the Conservative Party, and appointed to the Privy Council.
A contract valued at 950,000 was put to tender by Harrogate Borough Council

Contract for almost £1 million car park 'face lift' in Harrogate

Close to £1 million could be put towards upgrading a council owned car park in Harrogate.
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