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Gateshead Council's cabinet has rejected plans to bring devolved powers and an elected mayor to the North East.
Yesterday, Northumberland County Council approved the proposal, subject to certain conditions.
Sunderland, Newcastle, Durham, North Tyneside and South Tyneside will make their decisions later this week.
A spokesperson for the North East Combined Authority said:
Liberal Democrat Leader of the Opposition in Gateshead, Cllr Jonathan Wallace, has described the Labour Council Cabinet’s decision to reject the proposed devolution package to the North East as “utterly mad.”
The Cabinet met (22nd March) to discuss the package that had been negotiated by the 7 council leaders in the region with the government.
They rejected the devolution deal and the idea of a regional elected mayor.
Gateshead Council say they have rejected plans for devolution and elected mayors as the Government didn't satisfy agreed conditions of the proposed deals.
The leader of Gateshead Council Mick Henry said: