This region contains a sizeable clutch of those crucial ‘Labour Leave’ seats through which the Prime Minister is trying to pave his path to an overall majority.
Ashfield, Bolsover, Colne Valley, Leeds North West, Portsmouth South, Sefton Central, and Wrexham are seeking would-be MPs.
We can’t win a workable majority without breaking through in more seats in the urban and suburban North and Midlands.
The Tories ousted Ed Balls and the Liberal Democrats managed to return two seats, but otherwise this region was a low-scoring draw for the main parties.
The Tory general election campaign was far too cautious. We need to become an irreverent, confident and bullish force.
The region, which the Yorkshire Post argues should have its own Minister, is the scene of intense campaigning.