FEARS NORTH TYNESIDE WILL BE SIDELINED AS MAYOR FAILS TO WIN A SEAT AT THE TABLE

Norma RedfearnLabour's candidate for Mayor of North Tyneside Norma Redfearn has expressed her fears that North Tyneside could be sidelined as the borough's Tory Mayor appeared to suffer an extraordinary snub by her own government.

Prime Minister David Cameron has announced plans to invite elected mayors of 10 major cities to join a Cabinet of Mayors meeting at Downing Street. This would include an elected Mayor of Newcastle if the city’s voters chose to adopt a mayoral system in a referendum to be held on May 3rd.

Responding to press reports that David Cameron’s proposed “Cabinet of Mayors” will exclude the elected Mayor of North Tyneside, Norma Redfearn said:

“It would appear that David Cameron is shutting North Tyneside out of his Cabinet of Mayors and relegating this borough to the second division in the eyes of the Conservative-led government.

“It is a worrying illustration of the Tory Mayor’s lack of influence on her friends in Whitehall. It is extraordinary that Cameron plans to invite a possible future elected Mayor of Newcastle to his Cabinet but not the Tory Mayor next door. The Mayor is willing to be the cheer-leader for their reckless policies in North Tyneside yet is she is rewarded by the Prime Minister with a snub.

“North Tyneside needs a new direction and a Mayor who will be listened to.”

ENDS

Editor's Notes:

1. The Northern Echo (28 March 2012) report that a Number 10 spokesperson said “The Cabinet will be just for the city mayors” which would also exclude other elected Mayors in Middlesbrough and Hartlepool.

2. Elections for the Mayor of North Tyneside take place in 2013.