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Policy North react to possible new 'Devo Deal'

Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland - these councils are believed to be negotiating their own Devo Deal Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

ITV News Tyne Tees has learned that three councils in the North East will join together to do their own devolution deal with Westminster and make the most of promised funding.

Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland - the three areas that voted for a devolution deal - are believed to have got together and negotiations are now underway with the government over forming their own separate deal.

"This is great news for the North East. We have been extremely pleased to see this new devolution deal taking shape which will help ensure the North East finally gets the powers and investment it deserves. The old model of running the North East from London simply no longer works. It will take brave leadership to forge this new deal but it is the only way to stop our region being left behind. This is good news for jobs and investment in Northumberland, North Tyneside and Newcastle."

– Stephen Purvis, Chairman of Policy North

Devolution deal 'great news for North East'

Policy North, an independent think thank based in the North East, has described a revised devolution deal north of the Tyne as great news for the region.

We have been extremely pleased to see this new devolution deal taking shape which will help ensure the North East finally gets the powers and investment it deserves.

The old model of running the North East from London simply no longer works. It will take brave leadership to forge this new deal but it is the only way to stop our region being left behind.

This is good news for jobs and investment in Northumberland, North Tyneside and Newcastle."

– Stephen Purvis, Chairman of Policy North

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