Because he’s ‘not sold’ on the idea of a North East mayor, Northumberland County Council leader Glen Sanderson has cut off vital funding which could have has a major impact on transport in our area.
Northumberland Labour leader Scott Dickinson said: “This is a classic example of not acting for the greater good. His own government has said no cash will come the North East’s way until a devolution deal is signed covering both sides of the Tyne.
“The leader says he doesn’t want to be forced into a deal on the promise of funding but my guess is the average person in the street wants this badly we need investment in our area. Talk about cutting off your nose to spite your face.
“His refusal to move on this means Northumbrians – the very people he is supposed to be serving – will suffer. Meanwhile, the Tees Valley and Greater Manchester received major investment to put into improving public transport.
“Just saying we don’t need it because local authorities already work in partnership will not cut it with the government.
“Labour suggests the leader does the right thing, changes his mind and puts the people of our area first.”
“Labour suggests the leader does the right thing, changes his mind and puts the people of our area first.” Northumberland Labour Leader Scott Dickinson