Jeremy Middleton, who is the first politician to declare his intention to run in the North East mayoral election

Self-made North East businessman and philanthropist, Jeremy Middleton, who is the first politician to declare his intention to run in the North East mayoral election, which is expected to take place in May 2017.

Speaking to journalists and supporters at Durham County Cricket Club, Jeremy announced his intention to seek the Conservative Party nomination for the North East Region; which includes the Newcastle, Durham, Northumberland, Sunderland, North Tyneside, South Tyneside and Gateshead local authority areas.

Mr Middleton, who sits on the North East Local Economic Partnership board and chairs its investment fund, outlined his priorities for the region*; including support for the NHS, investment in schools and work experience to create more opportunities for young people, and a billion pound jobs and investment fund to tackle unemployment and create good jobs. He also called for a fairer funding settlement for the region and more investment in transport infrastructure.

Jeremy said: “I want to be Mayor because I am passionate about making sure we invest more in skills, apprenticeships and jobs here in the North East. I want our young people to have the same life chances here as they do everywhere else in our country. I’m frustrated that the North East gets a raw deal.

“The old model of trying to run everything in our country from the centre of London is broken. We must not settle for what we are given. There should be no limit our ambition.

“The mayor must be able to stand up to vested interests, both from within our region and from outside it. That is why we need a mayor with a strong independent voice and not a career politician. I am a member of the Conservative Party, however they may or may not endorse me, and whatever the outcome, I do not and will not hesitate to criticise the Government it if it fails to deliver.”

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Contact Chris Rowell on 01325 363436

Notes to Editors:

*Jeremy’s candidature for the North East Mayor has five objectives:

  • 1.Delivering 100,000 new North East jobs by 2021 using a £1billion Mayor’s Jobs and Investment Fund.
  • 2.A Kids Promise, delivering a new programme of work experience and careers advice which leads to every young person having a job, apprenticeship or continuing education when they leave school.
  • 3.Delivering on an NHS Promise to free up hospital beds, focussing on prevention, and putting doctors and health professionals are at the heart of decision making.
  • 4.A Get to work promise of dualling the A1 and A69, championing a better bus network for rural communities, and working to expand the Metro to link Ashington, Washington, Team Valley, and Durham.
  • 5.Delivering, through negotiation with Whitehall, a fair financial settlement with similar public funding per head as Scotland, and the generation of significant additional private sector investment in the region.

Jeremy Middleton

Mr Middleton is a self-made businessman and philanthropist based in the North East. He has been a Board Member of the North East Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) since 2011 and is Chairman of the North East LEP Investment Fund, which makes recommendations to the LEP Board for the £25m Growing Places Fund and the £30m Infrastructure Fund.

Mr Middleton has carried out a range of sponsored fundraising for a variety of charities which to date include the North Pole, Mount Kilimanjaro, Mont Blanc, The Haute Route, Mount McKinley, Mount Elbrus and a cycle ride from London to Paris.

In 2012 Jeremy was awarded a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List for Services to Politics and Charities.

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