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Region puts its economic vision to Westminster
LEADERS of a new super-authority have outlined their vision for economic growth to the nation’s political leaders.
Seven North-East councils, stretching from the River Tees to the Scottish border, backed plans for a “combined authority”, known as the North-East Leadership Board (Nelb), in the summer.
Today (Tuesday, October 29), leaders presented their vision to MPs and peers in a Parliamentary briefing.
The meeting is seen as crucial as the decision whether the Nelb should be created lies with Eric Pickles, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.
Gateshead Council leader Mick Henry, Nelb’s chair, said: “It’s clear that, by working together, we will be able to maximise the opportunities for economic growth for the area.
“We will be focussing on skills, transport and economic growth – issues which are best addressed collectively.
“Not only will we be able to operate more effectively, but will deliver long-term prosperity for future generations.
“Having support from MPs and Lords is of vital importance in both shaping and championing our shared agenda for growth.
“We strongly believe that local determination and increased funding certainty will increase our capacity to help the economy to grow.”
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