The residents of Darlington, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland and Stockton-on-Tees elected Ben Houchen as the first Tees Valley Mayor.
The Mayor will have new responsibilities devolved from central Government across areas including business growth and investment, skills and education, and transport. The Mayor will act as a champion for the people of the Tees Valley, ensuring more resources are invested in the region, and a strong voice in negotiations with government.
Commenting on his new responsibilities, Ben Houchen said:
“Following the historic election, I am proud to accept the new office of Mayor of the Tees Valley. Today marks a critical point in the devolution of new powers to our area, as a result of the deal secured with government. I am committed to use these new powers to help to deliver a strong and prosperous future for the people of our area. I look forward to working closely with the local councils, business and communities across the region, building a strong coalition to secure the jobs, skills and infrastructure that our region needs for the future.
Paul Booth, Chair of the Tees Valley Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “I’d like to congratulate Ben and wish him well in his new and challenging role. The new Tees Valley Mayor will be an important and influential figure, helping to secure additional resources for our area, growing the economy, improving transport and infrastructure, boosting skills, and securing good quality jobs. The business community has shown tremendous support for the Combined Authority, and looks forward to working with Ben in the critical next phase of the Tees Valley’s journey.”
Our Tees Valley and Hartlepool Branches look forward to working with the Mayor to ensure that members concerns are heard and help small businesses across the area grow.