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Tees Valley to receive part of £170m arts fund

Tees Valley set to receive a fund by Arts Council England Credit: PA

Tees Valley is one of the areas set to benefit from a new, four-year funding round by Arts Council England.

Arts Council England announced that it will invest an extra £170m outside of London between 2018 and 2022.

The Royal Opera House, Southbank Centre, National Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Company are having their funding cut as a result of a new Arts Council settlement which will see more money go outside London.

Other areas set to benefit include Plymouth, Bradford, Luton and Stoke-on-Trent.


Labour selects candidate for Tees Valley Mayor role

"I am very proud to be the first woman selected by Labour to stand as candidate in the Metro mayor elections. As mayor I will be a new voice, to speak out, to challenge, and to deliver real change." Credit: Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council

The Labour Party has announced Sue Jeffrey as its candidate for the Tees Valley Mayoral election.

The leader of Redcar and Cleveland Council beat Stockton councillor Chris Barlow following a vote among the area's party members.

Councillor Jeffrey says creating jobs, increasing pay and tackling inequality will be among her goals should she become the first elected mayor of the Tees Valley region in May.

In her speech, Sue Jeffrey said:

Quite rightly there has been a lot of scepticism about the idea of a Tees Valley Mayor and together we made it clear that if we were to go ahead with a mayor we needed a great deal from Government.

Tough negotiations have meant we have secured that deal.

For the first time ever we are bringing powers back to the Tees Valley from London, giving us the freedom to do things for ourselves.

To grow our economy, tackle inequality and make a real difference to the lives of the 660,000 people who live here.

– Sue Jeffrey

Her selection has been endorsed by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who said the Labour Party is "very proud" to have a candidate that "is a local person with considerable standing in her community".

Leader of Redcar Council to seek nomination for Metro Mayoral election

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.

Sue said:

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.”

– Councillor Sue Jeffrey

If selected, Sue will be the first woman in the UK to be picked by the Labour Party to contest a MetroMayor election.

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