Jeremy Middleton, North East LEP board member and Mayoral Candidate

Jeremy Middleton, North East LEP board member and Mayoral Candidate, has criticised Durham County Council’s decision to delay ratifying the North East Devolution Deal, saying the region risks being left behind.

Mr Middleton said: “This delay shows the impact Labour infighting is having on the devolution process. The people of County Durham voted in favour of devolved powers and the leader of the County Council signed the devo deal, but now it seems councillors are being put under pressure by the Labour hierarchy.

“This deal is a once in a generation opportunity for the North East. Manchester and Sheffield are pressing ahead with theirs, Leeds and Liverpool aren’t far behind, political stunts like this mean we might miss out on being part of a golden triangle of Northern prosperity. It is time for councillors and MPs to ditch these cloak and dagger intrigues and get do something for their communities.”



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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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