Job creation, better wages, and housing and community regeneration will be at the top of Sue Jeffrey’s agenda if she is elected Tees Valley Mayor on 4 May.
Sue, who was selected as Labour’s candidate for the Tees Valley Mayoralty, has revealed the five priorities she will be fighting for if elected as the Tees Valley’s first mayor.
Sue, currently leader of Redcar and Cleveland Council, was at the forefront when the Tees Valley Combined Authority drew up ambitious plan to add £2.8bn to the local economy over the next ten years. Her Five Point Plan is:
1. Building more homes and regenerating communities and town centres;2. Creating decent quality jobs and reducing the region’s dependency on foreign capital and labour;
3. Providing the skills training our people need;
4. Building a successful coalition to deliver for the Tees Valley;
5. Tackling shameful levels of low pay.
Under devolution plans Darlington, Hartlepool, Stockton, Middlesbrough and Redcar and Cleveland will come together to work with a new mayor on transport, jobs and growth. Sue said:
“As Mayor of Tees Valley I will be a new voice, to speak out, to challenge, and to deliver real change – change that has to come from plans made here in the Tees Valley.
“We have seen already what happens when those without our interests at heart are able to abandon us. I want to rebuild our power, our pride and our passion after years of economic shocks and a Government in London blind to the damages of austerity.
“We have to continue to fight for more say over our own destiny, and make sure not only that the Tees Valley makes the best of the current devolution offer, but that we are fighting for more and refusing to settle for less.
Sue said she wants the mayor’s office to be one that stands up to a Government which had repeatedly turned its back on the Tees Valley, working with unions, business leaders and the area’s five councils to ensure a united voice is heard in Whitehall.
If elected on May 4, Sue will use the mayor’s office to ensure the best education and skills training is available for the needs of the area’s economy, deliver decent, well-paid jobs, regenerate communities, and act as a platform to stand up the Government in London.