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Durham Council to hold devolution poll

The council says the poll will take place in January 2016 Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Archive/PA Images

Durham County Council says it will hold a poll for local residents following last week's announcement of a devolution deal for the North East.

Speaking at a council meeting this morning, Councillor Simon Henig said the poll in County Durham would take place in the New Year.

He said full details of the question or questions still need to be agreed by the council

It is not yet known how the results of the poll will affect the delivery of powers to the region.


Chancellor signs 'historic' devolution deal

George Osborne signing the deal this afternoon Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The Chancellor George Osborne has signed an agreement to devolve powers to the Tees Valley in what he calls a 'historic day' for the region.

He will sign off a similar agreement this afternoon for another mayor, who will have powers covering Tyne and Wear, Northumberland and County Durham.

The two new mayors will have powers over policies such as planning, transport and the economy.


EXCLUSIVE: More details revealed of expected devolution deals

ITV News Tyne Tees has obtained details of one of the deals for devolution to the North East and Tees Valley which, it is understood, will be announced tomorrow.

The North East combined authority will receive powers over things including transport, housing and skills, with £30 million to spend every year for 30 years.

It is thought elections for so-called 'metro-mayors' will take place in 2017.

Details of the Tees Valley combined authority deal are believed to be similar to the deal for the North East.

Full details of the deals are expected to be announced on Friday October 23.

  • Watch Frances Read's report on the disagreement and debate that has finally led to a deal.

Meanwhile, Newcastle East MP Nick Brown has told ITV News Tyne Tees that "ballot papers in a future mayoral election should contain the option to vote 'No' to all of this."

He added, "the power to borrow more money and to tax ourselves more isn’t what is needed to solve the problems that the region faces, above all, the need to stimulate private sector investment in the North East of England. This is a lot of talk and no effective action.”

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