Jeremy Middleton, mayoral candidate and North East LEP board member

22/03/16

Mayoral Candidate and North East LEP Board Member Jeremy Middleton has reacted with disappointment to news that Gateshead Council’s Labour Leadership have rejected the North East Devolution Deal.

Mr Middleton said “The Devolution Deal is the best chance the North East has had for real change in a generation. I am disappointed, but in no way shocked, that the Labour councillors that run Gateshead Council have bowed to pressure from their Parliamentary party and put political self-interest ahead of the needs of the region.

“We could end up in a situation where Gateshead is left behind the rest of the North East, an island surrounded by areas with devolved status, unable to take advantage of new powers over skills, investment and healthcare. The partisan politicians pushing this anti-devolution agenda need to get with the times, this kind of fighting within the North East can only hold us back, we need a strong voice who can stand up for the whole region.”

ENDS

ISSUED ON BEHALF OF MIDDLETON ENTERPRISES

CONTACT: Chris Rowell on 01325 363436

Notes to Editors:

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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