The much-anticipated Convention of the North for 2024 is set to make its debut in West Yorkshire, promising two days of dynamic discussions on 29 February and 1 March. Renowned BBC newsreader, Clive Myrie, a Bolton native with an impressive 36-year career in journalism, will take on the role of host.
Held at the prestigious Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds, the national conference is expected to attract over 800 leaders from diverse sectors, including business, community, academia, and politics. The focus will be on engaging discussions addressing the challenges and opportunities confronting the North, ranging from transport and Net Zero to trade and investment, and people and place. Steering the West Yorkshire edition are Co-chairs Tracy Brabin, the Mayor of West Yorkshire, and Clare Hayward, Chair of NP11.
With an emphasis on being a ‘powerful, unifying voice of the North,’ the Convention aims to foster shared responsibilities, purpose, and a commitment to sustainable and inclusive growth for the region. In a crucial election year, leaders are urged to present a clear, coordinated, cross-party offer and request from the Government.
Having originated in 2018, the Convention has previously convened in Newcastle, Rotherham, Liverpool, and Manchester. Notably, on the eve of the 2019 General Election, the Prime Minister delivered the keynote address at the Rotherham edition.
Scheduled for Thursday, 29th February, and Friday, 1st March 2024, the West Yorkshire edition promises to unveil keynote speakers and the full program in the coming weeks.
Tracy Brabin, Mayor of West Yorkshire, said; “It’s an honour to host Convention of The North in West Yorkshire during a pivotal election year. This is a fantastic and timely opportunity to bring together our leaders from across the North as one unified voice to speak truth to power and deliver on our ambitious plans for our regions.
“We are stronger together than the sum of our parts, and it is more important than ever that we speak clearly with one voice on shared challenges and priorities.”
Clare Hayward MBE, Chair of NP11, said; “Convention of the North is a great opportunity to come together to raise the profile of the North at an international level. I’m passionate that this is a unique moment to collaborate to build a thriving and well-connected Northern powerhouse that will unlock the region’s full potential for sustainable, healthy and inclusive growth.”
Clive Myrie, BBC Chief Correspondent, and host of Convention of the North 2024, said; “What a wonderful opportunity to bring together so many stakeholders to discuss the best way forward for this vibrant part of our Isles. As a Northern lad myself, I’m proud to be taking part.”