A North East businessman has become the first politician to declare his intention to run in the North East mayoral election, with plans to extend the Metro to Ashington.
Jeremy Middleton announced his intention to seek the Conservative Party nomination for the North East Region, and outlined his priorities for the region; extending the Tyne and Wear Metro to four more towns including Ashington, investment in schools and work experience to create more opportunities for young people.
Jeremy said: “I want to be Mayor because I am passionate about making sure we invest more in skills, apprenticeships and jobs here in the North East.
“I want our young people to have the same life chances here as they do everywhere else in our country. I’m frustrated that the North East gets a raw deal.
“The old model of trying to run everything in our country from the centre of London is broken. We must not settle for what we are given. There should be no limit our ambition.
“The mayor must be able to stand up to vested interests, both from within our region and from outside it. That is why we need a mayor with a strong independent voice and not a career politician.”