Mick Thompson has been selected as Labour’s candidate to be the elected mayor of Middlesbrough in the election next May.

Mick spent over 20 years working in the construction industry and became active in his trade union. He used his trade union experience to good use in setting up a local residents’ association, successfully campaigning for improvements to housing and the establishment of a community centre.

Mick worked in the housing sector for many years working with local people to give them a stronger voice in how their local neighbourhoods are managed and developed. He has extensive experience as a hard working local councillor and member of the Executive in Middlesbrough.

Speaking after the selection, Mick Thompson said:

“I’m really pleased to have been selected as the candidate for Middlesbrough Mayor. We need a Labour Mayor in Middlesbrough to stand up for our area in these tough times.

“We’re not getting the investment we need in jobs and infrastructure from the Government in London. That’s why we need a strong voice for the whole of Middlesbrough as we’re being ignored and left behind.

“I’m looking forward to this campaign and getting Labour’s positive message out to voters right across our area. We need a positive vision of the future for Middlesbrough and do the hard work to make that a reality.”

Andy McDonald MP for Middlesbrough, said:

“I am delighted that Mick Thompson has been selected to fight next year’s local elections as Labour’s Mayoral Candidate. The last four years have seen transformational change in our City and it is critical that we elect a Labour Mayor in 2019 to continue the fantastic work started by Dave Budd.

“Middlesbrough Council has seen some of the deepest budget cuts of any Local Authority in the country but with the creative leadership of the Labour Mayor we have seen the City thrive and grow. I know that Mick Thompson will secure that legacy and deliver another four years of progress.”

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