Gateshead Council's cabinet reject North East devolution and elected mayor plans

Gateshead's Angel of the North Credit: ITV

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.