Devolution Decision Proves That Labour is Failing the North East
The Newcastle upon Tyne Community First Party has called for new leadership across the North East after the decision of the Labour council leaders to backtrack on their devolution deal with the Government.
Although the leader of Newcastle City Council voted in favour of progressing the deal, he was out-voted by the leaders of Gateshead, South Tyneside, County Durham and Sunderland.
The Newcastle First party has consistently backed more powers for local councils from government as well as more powers for local communities from councils including playing a leading role in the campaign for an elected mayor for Newcastle.
The leader of the Newcastle upon Tyne Community First Party Jason Smith said: “We are very disappointed that Labour council leaders have chosen to play politics while council leaders up and down the country have seized the extra money and powers government is offering.
“We have heard so much from Labour councillors locally about government funding cuts yet when it comes to the crunch, their leaders in the North East have said no to control of £3.7billion. The leaders of Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland did agree to support a deal and perhaps they should go it alone and do a deal covering Northumbria.”
Newcastle First will be reaching out to campaign organisations and other registered local political parties across the region to bring about change.
Jason added: “For too long, Labour has taken the North East for granted. North Easterners want the kind of control over our lives that people in London now have and we need to be able to challenge the might of on an increasingly independent Scotland on our doorstep.
“The Newcastle upon Tyne Community First Party was formed to campaign for change in Newcastle and make lives better for Geordies and other people who have made our city their home. Newcastle First campaigners will now be reaching out beyond Newcastle to embrace the whole North East.
“The North East needs new leadership to campaign for and then defend new powers and resources to improve the lives of people living in this part of the country. Labour have proven that they cannot be trusted to deliver the change we need.”