"This is truly pioneering work: we believe we are the first county in England to deliver local government reorganisation and run a devolution deal at the same time. On the local government front, North Yorkshire County Council and seven district and borough councils will merge to form a new single unitary council, which will work closely with the City of York Council, from April 2023."
"He or she could be a seasoned statesman, a rising political star or an inspirational business leader – whoever might get elected in 2024 will be a new national champion to speak up on the issues that count and help us fulfil our outstanding economic potential as Britain’s first city region rural powerhouse."
"On the sidelines you have a job to do in what I called a new department. That is a bit of an exaggeration."