Journal of Undergraduate Research


regional assemblies, Parliament, local authorities, self-government


Family, Home, and Social Sciences


Political Science


Within the United Kingdom, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland have all gained regional assemblies which manage local affairs including health care, economic growth, education, and other services. However, the Parliament in Westminster has devolved few responsibilities to local authorities in England. Under the Blair premiership, the government began a process of referendums that would introduce regional assemblies into the Northern regions, but after the North East referendum rejected the proposal in 2004, the devolution process sputtered to a halt. However, regionalism may be gaining new life in England. The Yorkshire Party, a regionalist party that explicitly seeks a regional assembly for Yorkshire, was the first regional party established in the North.1 Others, such as the North East party, also seek to promote their region’s rights to self-government.