Lib Dem mayoral candidate launches manifesto

Felicity Cunliffe-Lister.

Liberal Democrat mayoral candidate Felicity Cunliffe-Lister has released her 26-page manifesto in advance of the York & North Yorkshire Mayoral election on May 2.

The candidate said the Manifesto expanded on the role of the mayor and the opportunities for the region that the appointment creates.

She said there were four themes that are addressed in detail — the way we live, our waterways, creating growth and prosperity and our natural potential.

Felicity said: “Having lived and raised a family in North Yorkshire and run a successful business there for 24 years, many of my policies are based on my experience and legal background.

“I have also taken specialist advice on some of the more thorny issues, to help establish what the most effective solutions are to the issues we face, that will also deliver the best value for money.

“I know that there are issues that specifically impact North Yorkshire such as the shortage of affordable housing, poor public transport, connectivity, rural isolation and staff shortages.

“My policies are to generate sustainable economic growth, create more affordable homes, and improve the health and wellbeing of all who live here.”

These issues will be addressed specifically with policies that include :

  • creating flats in empty premises above shops in our market towns; funding household improvements to bring down energy bills and supporting community energy and heat hubs; controlling second home and holiday let ownership with regulation and licensing schemes; supporting community led housing schemes
  • a single ticket integrated bus service, getting us to work, to our community & healthcare, to education and to the train.
  • investing in the green energy and bioeconomy sectors to generate growth and job creation; assisting farmers as they transition to the SFI scheme, enabling access to carbon credit and BNG schemes, providing funding to generate off-grid green energy; driving forward an innovative tourism strategy to get Yorkshire back on the map.
  • Investing in a catchment wide natural flood management scheme for the Nidd, Ure and Swale rivers that will reduce flooding in our towns and villages, compensate farmers and improve biodiversity and water quality.

Th manifesto is available to download at