Kris Hopkins still backs independence for Keighley, Shipley and Ilkley despite government's stance

Housing Minister Kris Hopkins, MP for Keighley and Ilkley

Shipley MP Philip Davies

First published in News Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , Parliamentary Correspondent

Keighley MP Kris Hopkins has called for the Bradford district to be split in two – despite his own Government boss dismissing the idea.

The Housing Minister said he wanted Keighley, Ilkley and Shipley to be “in command of our own destiny”, rather than chained to Bradford City Hall.

It is a proposal Mr Hopkins has put forward before, but the first time he has argued for it since he joined the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG).

He told the Telegraph & Argus: “I have long been of the view that the interests of the people of Keighley, Ilkley and Shipley would be much better served by us being in command of our own destiny, rather than being dictated to by remote control from Bradford City Hall. My opinion has not changed.”

Last week, Shipley MP Philip Davies also called for the same outlying areas to be allowed to form their own local authority, separated from Bradford.

The fellow Conservative said his constituents were “sick to the back teeth” of planning decisions taken by the Labour-run Council, in the interests of its own Bradford heartlands.

And he mischievously suggested that Mr Hopkins would be able to push forward the switch, following his promotion to the Government last year.

Mr Davies said: “The Member for Keighley is, helpfully, now a minister in the department.

“Not long ago, he said that we should look at having a local authority for just the Keighley and Shipley constituencies, thus taking us out of the Bradford district.

“I agree with that, and I am sure my constituents do wholeheartedly, so how can we make progress on that, particularly given his elevated position?”

However, the reply was given by Eric Pickles, the Bradford-born Local Government Secretary, himself a former leader of the authority, in the 1980s.

But Mr Pickles denied there was a problem, telling MPs: “We have no plans to break up the Bradford metropolitan authority.

“It always struck me that, no matter whether someone was Conservative or Labour, Shipley by and large ran Bradford.”

Councillor David Green, Bradford’s Labour leader, has insisted his council invested for the good of people “right across the district” and listened to their views.

He said: “We have also devolved many decisions down to area committees in Shipley and Keighley, so that local representatives are making decisions on services that fit with those communities.”

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7:07am Mon 10 Mar 14

Albion. says...

Agree 100%, I can remember most people not wanting to be part of Bradford when it was forced upon them.
Agree 100%, I can remember most people not wanting to be part of Bradford when it was forced upon them. Albion.
  • Score: 1

9:27am Mon 10 Mar 14

sorrow&anger says...

About time. It's Keighley, Ilkley and Shipley that provide all the Council Tax and get nothing in return except broken promises to regenerate the City. The district is too big and too diverse, policies which are needed for an inner city dump like Bradford are not the same as those for a place like Ilkley. We need a referendum on this split now.
About time. It's Keighley, Ilkley and Shipley that provide all the Council Tax and get nothing in return except broken promises to regenerate the City. The district is too big and too diverse, policies which are needed for an inner city dump like Bradford are not the same as those for a place like Ilkley. We need a referendum on this split now. sorrow&anger
  • Score: 15

9:35am Mon 10 Mar 14

Joedavid says...

sorrow&anger wrote:
About time. It's Keighley, Ilkley and Shipley that provide all the Council Tax and get nothing in return except broken promises to regenerate the City. The district is too big and too diverse, policies which are needed for an inner city dump like Bradford are not the same as those for a place like Ilkley. We need a referendum on this split now.
Other districts will want out too.
Eccleshill should become a true village.
Where will it end just BD1 being Bradford?
[quote][p][bold]sorrow&anger[/bold] wrote: About time. It's Keighley, Ilkley and Shipley that provide all the Council Tax and get nothing in return except broken promises to regenerate the City. The district is too big and too diverse, policies which are needed for an inner city dump like Bradford are not the same as those for a place like Ilkley. We need a referendum on this split now.[/p][/quote]Other districts will want out too. Eccleshill should become a true village. Where will it end just BD1 being Bradford? Joedavid
  • Score: -10

9:37am Mon 10 Mar 14

BaildonGuy says...

Bradford is too big and is a district of two halves and, as is evident to anybody who takes an interest, it is not being to governed effectively. Bradford is regularly at the bottom of every national league table and the failures are always in the inner city. Even today we learn that Cllr. Thornton has failed to police public hygiene which will have done wonders for our curry capital tourist trade. It's time for the City and the outlying districts to go their separate ways.
Bradford is too big and is a district of two halves and, as is evident to anybody who takes an interest, it is not being to governed effectively. Bradford is regularly at the bottom of every national league table and the failures are always in the inner city. Even today we learn that Cllr. Thornton has failed to police public hygiene which will have done wonders for our curry capital tourist trade. It's time for the City and the outlying districts to go their separate ways. BaildonGuy
  • Score: 5

9:45am Mon 10 Mar 14

pcmanners says...

Great idea. It's about time. Split the City off. Create the Free and Independent Islamic Republic of West Yorkshire so that it can pursue its interesting cultural quirks in peace.
Great idea. It's about time. Split the City off. Create the Free and Independent Islamic Republic of West Yorkshire so that it can pursue its interesting cultural quirks in peace. pcmanners
  • Score: 7

10:49am Mon 10 Mar 14

Grumpygirl says...

The creation of BMDC was a piece of fiscal gerrymandering designed to give the impoverished City an income stream from the wealthy periphery so that the problems of dereliction and deprivation could be tackled.

It might have worked if we had been blessed with politicians of vision and Chief Officers of genuine competence. As it was, we weren't, and the rest is history. The experiment has failed, it's time to admit it was a mistake and free the City to seek its own salvation.

As a smaller unit the city will be easier to administrate and City Hall, if it wants to survive, will have no option but to find genuine solutions to its problems. As it is it just coasts along, and sees generating extra income from building on what's left of our green fields as the way out of its troubles.
The creation of BMDC was a piece of fiscal gerrymandering designed to give the impoverished City an income stream from the wealthy periphery so that the problems of dereliction and deprivation could be tackled. It might have worked if we had been blessed with politicians of vision and Chief Officers of genuine competence. As it was, we weren't, and the rest is history. The experiment has failed, it's time to admit it was a mistake and free the City to seek its own salvation. As a smaller unit the city will be easier to administrate and City Hall, if it wants to survive, will have no option but to find genuine solutions to its problems. As it is it just coasts along, and sees generating extra income from building on what's left of our green fields as the way out of its troubles. Grumpygirl
  • Score: 2

11:03am Mon 10 Mar 14

Albion. says...

Joedavid wrote:
sorrow&anger wrote:
About time. It's Keighley, Ilkley and Shipley that provide all the Council Tax and get nothing in return except broken promises to regenerate the City. The district is too big and too diverse, policies which are needed for an inner city dump like Bradford are not the same as those for a place like Ilkley. We need a referendum on this split now.
Other districts will want out too.
Eccleshill should become a true village.
Where will it end just BD1 being Bradford?
Other districts wouldn't get the chance, they are in Bradford, whereas those proposing to be a breakaway region where brought into the metropolitan borough in comparatively recent times.
[quote][p][bold]Joedavid[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sorrow&anger[/bold] wrote: About time. It's Keighley, Ilkley and Shipley that provide all the Council Tax and get nothing in return except broken promises to regenerate the City. The district is too big and too diverse, policies which are needed for an inner city dump like Bradford are not the same as those for a place like Ilkley. We need a referendum on this split now.[/p][/quote]Other districts will want out too. Eccleshill should become a true village. Where will it end just BD1 being Bradford?[/p][/quote]Other districts wouldn't get the chance, they are in Bradford, whereas those proposing to be a breakaway region where brought into the metropolitan borough in comparatively recent times. Albion.
  • Score: 6

12:22pm Mon 10 Mar 14

Saltaire Bantam says...

The people who live in the suburbs pay almost all of the council tax so it should be spent in our areas and not in the ghetto.
The people who live in the suburbs pay almost all of the council tax so it should be spent in our areas and not in the ghetto. Saltaire Bantam
  • Score: 5

1:11pm Mon 10 Mar 14

tinytoonster says...

Saltaire Bantam wrote:
The people who live in the suburbs pay almost all of the council tax so it should be spent in our areas and not in the ghetto.
typical labour, scr-ew the workers to pay for the wasters and immigrants who vote for them.
easier than creating a solution.
remember this when you vote.
[quote][p][bold]Saltaire Bantam[/bold] wrote: The people who live in the suburbs pay almost all of the council tax so it should be spent in our areas and not in the ghetto.[/p][/quote]typical labour, scr-ew the workers to pay for the wasters and immigrants who vote for them. easier than creating a solution. remember this when you vote. tinytoonster
  • Score: 5

1:42pm Mon 10 Mar 14

Papa Smurfs Wig says...

Can they take Clayton too? It would be nice to get away from Dave Green and his bunch of merry men who look after their own.
Can they take Clayton too? It would be nice to get away from Dave Green and his bunch of merry men who look after their own. Papa Smurfs Wig
  • Score: 4

2:00pm Mon 10 Mar 14

A650 says...

Wouldn’t creating another council cost an awful lot of money? Would that really be money well spent at the moment? Sounds Hopkins is safely playing politics with an idea that’ll never happen just to get his name in the papers (no change there). In an ideal world with the money to afford to do it I’d welcome it but there are downsides.

Don’t assume that areas like Keighley, Shipley and Co don’t also have their own “Dave Greens” waiting to take well paid positions of authority but be equally useless (no matter which party). A quick look at the petty infighting in Keighley Town Council taking place via any letters page in the Keighley News shows that devolving power locally wouldn’t guarantee a better service.
Wouldn’t creating another council cost an awful lot of money? Would that really be money well spent at the moment? Sounds Hopkins is safely playing politics with an idea that’ll never happen just to get his name in the papers (no change there). In an ideal world with the money to afford to do it I’d welcome it but there are downsides. Don’t assume that areas like Keighley, Shipley and Co don’t also have their own “Dave Greens” waiting to take well paid positions of authority but be equally useless (no matter which party). A quick look at the petty infighting in Keighley Town Council taking place via any letters page in the Keighley News shows that devolving power locally wouldn’t guarantee a better service. A650
  • Score: 1

3:57pm Mon 10 Mar 14

allinittogether says...

I wouldn't worry yourself Kris come 2015 you'll be out of a job anyway.
I wouldn't worry yourself Kris come 2015 you'll be out of a job anyway. allinittogether
  • Score: 4

4:09pm Mon 10 Mar 14

awasteoftime says...

The Local Govt. reorganisation of 1974 was totally wrong and as usual Joe Public were never consulted. As stated earlier it was just to get money from the better off areas to fund the dross in the large estate in and around Bradford ie the Labour heartlands. The sooner the areas mentioned can break away from City Hall the better. Why are City Hall wasting over 1 million plating trees etc. in and around Westgate for all the Asians and other none UK residents to enjoy and destroy. Very little cash gets spent in none labour areas. Why did City Hall wish to close Bingley Pool and then spend a fortune building new pools in the large Labour areas I wonder.
Can't understand why Pickles will not support the proposed changes.
The Local Govt. reorganisation of 1974 was totally wrong and as usual Joe Public were never consulted. As stated earlier it was just to get money from the better off areas to fund the dross in the large estate in and around Bradford ie the Labour heartlands. The sooner the areas mentioned can break away from City Hall the better. Why are City Hall wasting over 1 million plating trees etc. in and around Westgate for all the Asians and other none UK residents to enjoy and destroy. Very little cash gets spent in none labour areas. Why did City Hall wish to close Bingley Pool and then spend a fortune building new pools in the large Labour areas I wonder. Can't understand why Pickles will not support the proposed changes. awasteoftime
  • Score: 5

4:42pm Mon 10 Mar 14

vikksy says...

Maggie Thatcher also did a lot of re-organising. Bradford a Labour stronghold, so she brought in the more affluent areas to gain Tory hold.
Maggie Thatcher also did a lot of re-organising. Bradford a Labour stronghold, so she brought in the more affluent areas to gain Tory hold. vikksy
  • Score: 1

5:55pm Mon 10 Mar 14

Grumpygirl says...

vikksy wrote:
Maggie Thatcher also did a lot of re-organising. Bradford a Labour stronghold, so she brought in the more affluent areas to gain Tory hold.
Nothing Thatcher did benefitted the people, like the present Government she only wanted to make the rich richer.

We need a referedum to decide whether to split Bradford or not.
[quote][p][bold]vikksy[/bold] wrote: Maggie Thatcher also did a lot of re-organising. Bradford a Labour stronghold, so she brought in the more affluent areas to gain Tory hold.[/p][/quote]Nothing Thatcher did benefitted the people, like the present Government she only wanted to make the rich richer. We need a referedum to decide whether to split Bradford or not. Grumpygirl
  • Score: -1

6:31pm Mon 10 Mar 14

schroeder says...

Kris Hopkins is the one who made Bradford such a mess years ago when he was council leader, and he'd just do the same with Keighley.
Bradford's future is looking brighter and as a Bingley resident, I'm happy enough to be associated with it.
Kris Hopkins is the one who made Bradford such a mess years ago when he was council leader, and he'd just do the same with Keighley. Bradford's future is looking brighter and as a Bingley resident, I'm happy enough to be associated with it. schroeder
  • Score: 1

6:37pm Mon 10 Mar 14

schroeder says...

Grumpygirl wrote:
vikksy wrote:
Maggie Thatcher also did a lot of re-organising. Bradford a Labour stronghold, so she brought in the more affluent areas to gain Tory hold.
Nothing Thatcher did benefitted the people, like the present Government she only wanted to make the rich richer.

We need a referedum to decide whether to split Bradford or not.
It won't happen because if it did, most other largeish towns that fall within other city districts would also want a referendum and it would become ridiculous .
[quote][p][bold]Grumpygirl[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]vikksy[/bold] wrote: Maggie Thatcher also did a lot of re-organising. Bradford a Labour stronghold, so she brought in the more affluent areas to gain Tory hold.[/p][/quote]Nothing Thatcher did benefitted the people, like the present Government she only wanted to make the rich richer. We need a referedum to decide whether to split Bradford or not.[/p][/quote]It won't happen because if it did, most other largeish towns that fall within other city districts would also want a referendum and it would become ridiculous . schroeder
  • Score: -2

6:37pm Mon 10 Mar 14

schroeder says...

Grumpygirl wrote:
vikksy wrote:
Maggie Thatcher also did a lot of re-organising. Bradford a Labour stronghold, so she brought in the more affluent areas to gain Tory hold.
Nothing Thatcher did benefitted the people, like the present Government she only wanted to make the rich richer.

We need a referedum to decide whether to split Bradford or not.
It won't happen because if it did, most other largeish towns that fall within other city districts would also want a referendum and it would become ridiculous .
[quote][p][bold]Grumpygirl[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]vikksy[/bold] wrote: Maggie Thatcher also did a lot of re-organising. Bradford a Labour stronghold, so she brought in the more affluent areas to gain Tory hold.[/p][/quote]Nothing Thatcher did benefitted the people, like the present Government she only wanted to make the rich richer. We need a referedum to decide whether to split Bradford or not.[/p][/quote]It won't happen because if it did, most other largeish towns that fall within other city districts would also want a referendum and it would become ridiculous . schroeder
  • Score: -2

7:35pm Mon 10 Mar 14

tinytoonster says...

allinittogether wrote:
I wouldn't worry yourself Kris come 2015 you'll be out of a job anyway.
well yeah because all that honest postal voting will work out how labour want it too!
that and the layabout labour voters who will be promised more benefits at the expense of us workers!
[quote][p][bold]allinittogether[/bold] wrote: I wouldn't worry yourself Kris come 2015 you'll be out of a job anyway.[/p][/quote]well yeah because all that honest postal voting will work out how labour want it too! that and the layabout labour voters who will be promised more benefits at the expense of us workers! tinytoonster
  • Score: 0

8:34pm Mon 10 Mar 14

bcfc1903 says...

The twp MP's in question couldn't rustle up two braincells between them, a very old non story.
The twp MP's in question couldn't rustle up two braincells between them, a very old non story. bcfc1903
  • Score: 5

8:34pm Mon 10 Mar 14

bcfc1903 says...

The twp MP's in question couldn't rustle up two braincells between them, a very old non story.
The twp MP's in question couldn't rustle up two braincells between them, a very old non story. bcfc1903
  • Score: 1

9:11pm Mon 10 Mar 14

The Hoffster says...

bcfc1903 wrote:
The twp MP's in question couldn't rustle up two braincells between them, a very old non story.
Everytime they speak in the Commons, the whole chamber's literally empty.

Such dullards.
[quote][p][bold]bcfc1903[/bold] wrote: The twp MP's in question couldn't rustle up two braincells between them, a very old non story.[/p][/quote]Everytime they speak in the Commons, the whole chamber's literally empty. Such dullards. The Hoffster
  • Score: 0

9:30pm Mon 10 Mar 14

allinittogether says...

tinytoonster wrote:
allinittogether wrote:
I wouldn't worry yourself Kris come 2015 you'll be out of a job anyway.
well yeah because all that honest postal voting will work out how labour want it too!
that and the layabout labour voters who will be promised more benefits at the expense of us workers!
Cos the Tories are really helping the workers aren't they?
[quote][p][bold]tinytoonster[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]allinittogether[/bold] wrote: I wouldn't worry yourself Kris come 2015 you'll be out of a job anyway.[/p][/quote]well yeah because all that honest postal voting will work out how labour want it too! that and the layabout labour voters who will be promised more benefits at the expense of us workers![/p][/quote]Cos the Tories are really helping the workers aren't they? allinittogether
  • Score: 0

12:18am Tue 11 Mar 14

mrs walker says...

He told the Telegraph & Argus: “I have long been of the view that the interests of the people of Keighley, Ilkley and Shipley would be much better served by us being in command of our own destiny, rather than being dictated to by remote control from Bradford City Hall. My opinion has not changed.”

And I have long been of the view that Bradford would have been much better served if Kris Hopkins and his band of rubble-makers (including his chum, the infamous Maud Marshall) hadn't been allowed within 15 miles of City Hall.

As Council Leader, you did us a huge disservice Kris. Thanks for precisely nothing.
He told the Telegraph & Argus: “I have long been of the view that the interests of the people of Keighley, Ilkley and Shipley would be much better served by us being in command of our own destiny, rather than being dictated to by remote control from Bradford City Hall. My opinion has not changed.” And I have long been of the view that Bradford would have been much better served if Kris Hopkins and his band of rubble-makers (including his chum, the infamous Maud Marshall) hadn't been allowed within 15 miles of City Hall. As Council Leader, you did us a huge disservice Kris. Thanks for precisely nothing. mrs walker
  • Score: 1

3:29am Tue 11 Mar 14

G_Firth says...

This is music to my ears the sooner the split happen the better.
The years of debating, planing and lobbying are slowly starting to bare fruit.
It has been proven time and time again that big just does not work.
This is music to my ears the sooner the split happen the better. The years of debating, planing and lobbying are slowly starting to bare fruit. It has been proven time and time again that big just does not work. G_Firth
  • Score: 2

10:58am Tue 11 Mar 14

pjl20 says...

We have 'lift-off' for a new district council in Airedale & Wharefedale and also in those other areas that are separate and distinct from the central Bradford city.

Council taxes are gathered locally and ought to be spent in these local districts. A central government grant is paid to meet the extra costs incurred by Bradford MDC, although this is being reduced by £115 million over the next three financial years. Bradford Council Leader, David Green, has a tough job in handling this drop in revenue to meet his budget requirements, with further council job losses and cuts in public services and amenities in the city to be expected.

A new Airedale & Wharfedale district council should be self-sufficient, without the need for central government funding. A full analysis and budget plan will be needed to ensure this.
We have 'lift-off' for a new district council in Airedale & Wharefedale and also in those other areas that are separate and distinct from the central Bradford city. Council taxes are gathered locally and ought to be spent in these local districts. A central government grant is paid to meet the extra costs incurred by Bradford MDC, although this is being reduced by £115 million over the next three financial years. Bradford Council Leader, David Green, has a tough job in handling this drop in revenue to meet his budget requirements, with further council job losses and cuts in public services and amenities in the city to be expected. A new Airedale & Wharfedale district council should be self-sufficient, without the need for central government funding. A full analysis and budget plan will be needed to ensure this. pjl20
  • Score: 0

5:45pm Tue 11 Mar 14

awasteoftime says...

If you live on a large housing estate in Bradford and wish to sponge off the tax payer then you will support City Hall as they are as that is all they care about. If you wish to work hard and get on then they will not do anything for you.
The sooner the split happens the better so the north of the District can get away from those idiots in City Hall.
If you live on a large housing estate in Bradford and wish to sponge off the tax payer then you will support City Hall as they are as that is all they care about. If you wish to work hard and get on then they will not do anything for you. The sooner the split happens the better so the north of the District can get away from those idiots in City Hall. awasteoftime
  • Score: 2

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