British House of Commons Debates Robin Hood's Birthplace

MPs in the House of Commons are arguing over the birthplace of Robin Hood, pitting the 19 Yorkshire MPs against four from Nottinghamshire. MP David Hinchliffe, representing an area of West Yorkshire, says that Robin Hood was born in Yorkshire. The forest went from Sherwood, through Barnsdale, and alsmost all the way to Leeds, and prior to the 15th century creation of the title of the Sheriff of Nottingham, the sheriff's jurisdiction included parts of Yorkshire.

The Nottinghamshire MPs say that Sherwood Forest is firmly in their jurisdiction, inviting their Yorkshire counterparts "to holiday, during parliamentary recess, in leafy Nottinghamshire, and visit Clumber Park, Major Oak and other haunts of Robin Hood and his merry men."