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Mulholland leads parliamentary celebrations for Yorkshire Day

July 28, 2014 5:21 PM

Member of Parliament for Leeds North West, Greg Mulholland, has led parliamentary tributes to celebrating Yorkshire Day, due on 1st August.

Mulholland has put forward a parliamentary motion calling on the House of Commons "to celebrate all that God's Own County has to offer" on this 39th annual Yorkshire Day. The first one was held in 1975 in protest at local boundary changes proposed by the government at the time.

The motion goes on to say that some of the biggest names in British history, the UK film and cultural scene, and the country's finest sporting talents have come from Yorkshire. The motion particularly picks out Yorkshire's proud and successful sporting history across football, rugby league, cricket and cycling, saying that this "recently culminated in Yorkshire hosting what Tour de France organisers called the grandest Grand D├ępart the Tour has ever seen".

It ends with praising Yorkshire's "breath-taking countryside landscapes, historic breweries and unique cuisine including the famous Yorkshire pudding".

Commenting, Mulholland said:

"Thousands of us take great pride in calling Yorkshire 'home', and it's not hard to see why! The recent Grand Depart of the Tour de France also brought out the fantastic hospitality of people across Yorkshire, and in many ways, taking on something so major and making a success of it sums up the Yorkshire attitude that has led to so much success over the years in music, film, sports, and many other areas. Perhaps Yorkshire's well-known refusal to take no for an answer also has something to do with it!"

[ENDS]

Notes to Editors:

  1. 1. For more information, contact Mo Saqib (Parliamentary Researcher to Greg Mulholland MP) on saqibm@parliament.uk or 0207 219 3833

2. The motion in full can be found here.