Independent North East Mayoral Candidate Jeremy Middleton CBE

Independent North East Mayoral Candidate Jeremy Middleton said: “This is an absolutely terrible decision. The North East’s politicians should show some leadership rather than squabbling amongst themselves. Their behaviour has divided the region, but it will be ordinary people that suffer because of their actions, not them. We need the powers to create jobs and support the NHS, they might well have thrown this away.

“The opportunities that come with devolution are clear and rejecting it will make us worse off in the long run. The political establishment that have run the region for decades have little to show for it.

“It’s sad to see councillors that once supported devolution voted against it when challenged by an independent candidate, are they afraid of change?”

ENDS

ISSUED ON BEHALF OF JEREMY FOR MAYOR

CONTACT: Chris Rowell on 01325 363436

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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