New Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen has met the five Tees Valley local authority leaders.
At the informal meeting with the leaders of Darlington, Stockton, Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland and Hartlepool councils, who together with the Mayor make up the board of the Tees Valley Combined Authority, Mr Houchen stressed a wish for the board to put party politics aside and work together collegiately.
“The devolution deal has been signed, the mayoral election is over and now the people of Teesside, Darlington and Hartlepool are expecting us to deliver,” said Mr Houchen.
“Local people will not be impressed by party political fighting on the Combined Authority board, they have an expectation that we will work together for the benefit of the area, regardless of our allegiances.
“This initial meeting has been extremely positive, our challenge is now to use the devolved powers we have taken control of from Westminster to put our area on the map.
“By enabling infrastructure investment, better global transport links, the upskilling of our workforce and a business-friendly economic climate we can create the jobs and growth Teesside, Hartlepool and Darlington need.”