The £600m North of Tyne devolution deal confirmed by Chancellor Philip Hammond's Autumn Budget divides politicians in the North East.Read the full story ›
Leader of Redcar and Cleveland Council, Councillor Sue Jeffrey, has announced her intention to seek nomination as Labour’s candidate for the upcoming Metro Mayoral election for the Tees Valley next May.
Sue, who has lived and worked in the Tees Valley for 35 years, has been leader of Redcar and Cleveland Council since May 2015 and was Chair of the Combined Authority in 2015-2016.
I am seeking this nomination as I believe I am the best person to be Mayor. I have the experience, the knowledge and the values needed to lead us forward at this pivotal moment for our economy and jobs.
For too long the future of the Tees Valley has been in the hands of faceless officials in Whitehall who know nothing about our area. At last we have a chance to change that.
Throughout my career I have been a tireless ambassador for the Tees Valley and its people. I am passionate about the area, our industry, our businesses and our communities. I want to make sure they have the best opportunities to prosper, grow and realise their potential. I know that I can play a big part in making that happen.”
If selected, Sue will be the first woman in the UK to be picked by the Labour Party to contest a MetroMayor election.
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."
The council deferred its decision in March so that further clarification and commitment could be sought from Government.Read the full story ›
The county council has endorsed plans after receiving government assurances on support for rural areas and growing the county’s economy.Read the full story ›
Sunderland City Council has backed the regional devolution deal in principle, but they want clarification and further details on two points. They are:
- The investment fund for the region
- The funding for regional transport
Sunderland has given its unqualified support for the principle of devolution, and is minded to support these proposals.
We will, in the extra time that has been granted by Government, be seeking further clarification on some details before a decision in the week beginning Monday 9 May.
Gateshead Council's cabinet has already rejected plans to bring devolved powers and an elected mayor to the North East.
Northumberland County Council approved the proposal earlier this week, subject to certain conditions.
“We are very concerned by this development. Our members have backed devolution because it gives us the opportunity to take control of policy areas where a single national approach has failed to meet the needs of this region.
“The current proposals aren’t everything we ultimately want, but we believe there is much greater chance to get the right powers in place by doing a deal and then building on it – as is happening in Manchester.
“With Tees Valley also pressing ahead with devolution, we have a chance to establish this region as the first fully devolved part of England and show how we can take a lead. If instead we end up with a hole in the middle of the map, that risks sending a very different message to the rest of the world.
“We hope there is a way forward to get this process back on track quickly. The business community remains ready and willing to work with local authorities to make devolution a success for North East England.”
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:
Gateshead Council supports genuine devolution for the North East of England. We’ve been open minded throughout the process and we asked Government to do the same. We signed up to the proposed agreement with conditions, and we do not believe those conditions have been satisfied.
We will continue to work with neighbouring local authorities to our mutual benefit and deliver the best possible public services to the people of Gateshead and the North East region.”
Gateshead Council's cabinet has rejected plans to bring devolved powers and an elected mayor to the North East.
This week, all seven councils which form the North East Combined Authority are deciding whether to approve the deal, signed with George Osborne last autumn.
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.
Councillors gave a positive endorsement to establish the North East Combined Authority as a Mayoral Combined Authority.Read the full story ›