Jeremy Middleton, Independent North East Mayoral Candidate

Jeremy Middleton, the independent candidate for Mayor of the North East slammed the Labour Party for using delay-tactics, which have moved the momentum of the Northern Powerhouse to Manchester.

Speaking after the selection of Andy Burnham as Labour’s candidate for Greater Manchester mayor, Mr Middleton said: “Once again the North East is being left behind because the region’s Labour Party is playing politics. In Manchester they have managed not only to agree and progress their devo-deal, but to select their candidate. Devolution is a big opportunity for the North East, but the delay tactics of these parochial council bosses mean it’s slipping through our fingers.

“The North East needs more jobs, more investment, and more opportunities for young people. We need to be able to control our own health and infrastructure budgets. At a time when we should be making these things a reality, the leaders of the North East councils can’t even agree to a deal, let alone select their own mayoral candidate, perhaps for fear of a ‘Jeremy Corbyn candidate’ from the left of the Labour party getting their nomination, rather than one of them.”

ENDS

ISSUED ON BEHALF OF JEREMY FOR MAYOR

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Notes to Editors:

Jeremy Middleton

Mr Middleton was the first candidate to declare they are running to be the Mayor of the North East, a position that will be created under the region’s devolution deal, and is standing as an independent.

He 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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