Campaigners are calling on the incoming North Yorkshire Council to become the first local authority in England to reject the first-past-the-post electoral system as part of its ambition to become more responsive to and representative of residents across the country’s largest county.

Executive members of the unitary council’s forerunner, North Yorkshire County Council, will next month consider a notice of motion proposed by High Harrogate councillor Chris Aldred to press the government to enable proportional representation to be used for general, local and mayoral elections.

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