Independent North East Mayoral Candidate Jeremy Middleton in Morpeth

Jeremy Middleton, the independent candidate for North East Mayor has visited local businesses in the Morpeth area and around Northumberland, to launch his jobs policy and start a regional tour to get feedback on it.

In Morpeth Jeremy visited Emma Bunting, a company that manufactures bespoke bunting, located on Chantry Place. The firm, set up in 2004 by Emma Weston-Jones, produces all of its stock in Northumberland, and sells it throughout the UK and further afield. While at Emma Bunting, Jeremy asked Emma for feedback on his draft jobs policy, which he is taking to employers around the region for their thoughts.

Local Entrepreneur Joe Evans, of Marlish Water, based at Marlish Farm near Hartburn, visited Jeremy’s campaign bus, parked in the centre of Morpeth, for a mentoring session. Jeremy as an experienced entrepreneur, who founded the plumbing and heating business HomeServe PLC, which now employs more than 4,000 people, was able to advise Joe on how to grow his business.

Finally, Jeremy was given a tour of the Sanderson Arcade by Assistant Centre Manager, Zoe Christopher, where he called in at many of the arcade’s businesses to ask for feedback on his jobs-creation plan. He was particularly keen to ask people about his flagship ‘North East First’ policy, which proposes that big public and private employers advertise jobs and contracts locally first, that big contracts are broken into smaller ones that local companies can win, and that a "North East First" kitemark is created mark to reward companies that source locally and encourage people to support them.

Jeremy said: “I chose to launch my jobs policy and tour in Northumberland because the North East needs a mayor who will prioritise job creation in opportunities in all parts of the region, not just in the big urban centres. There are some fantastic local companies, many of which are growing and creating jobs, and with the right help they can do even better. Job creation policies should involve the people who actually create jobs and the people looking for work, not just a handful of councillors behind closed doors.

“Soon we will be getting new powers over health, jobs, skills and much more. That is why I want your help to write my policies, so they work for us here in the North East. I have already worked with experts, such as local doctors, teachers and employers to put together some draft proposals for each major policy area. These include an ambitious plan to get local firms and public sector bodies to buy more from North East suppliers. Now I want to hear your feedback and your ideas on how we can create more and better jobs in the North East, which you can give via my website.”

Jeremy’s jobs policy and a feedback survey can be completed online at http://www.jeremy4mayor.com/jobs_survey.

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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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