Jeremy Middleton CBE

North East Devolution Commission Chair Jeremy Middleton CBE said: “After months of delays and the original deal being taken off the table, this is at least a positive sign for part of the region. The leaders of the three councils that have made this new deal should be congratulated for finally putting the interests of the region ahead of party politics, it is a shame that the four other still won’t do this.

“While this is a step in the right direction, for the North East to prosper the deal must allow the local authority areas currently left behind to join eventually. Durham, Sunderland, Gateshead and South Tyneside cannot be excluded. In addition to this, the devolved powers and budgets must be overseen by a directly elected mayor, who can hold the region’s politicians to account and challenge entrenched, vested interests.”

ENDS

ISSUED ON BEHALF OF MIDDLETON ENTERPRISES

CONTACT: Chris Rowell on 01325 363436

Notes to Editors:

Jeremy Middleton

Jeremy is a self-made businessman and philanthropist based in the North East. He was a Board Member of the North East Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) from 2011-16 and 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. Jeremy is the chairman of the North East Devolution Commission, for more information visit http://www.nedevo.com

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