Elections took place today for new Mayoral Combined Authorities in six areas across England, these Mayors will have powers over economic development, strategic planning and transport and infrastructure investment.
Commenting on the election of Ben Houchen as the new Mayor for Tees Valley, Liz Mayes, Regional Director for the North East at EEF, said: “The election of Ben Houchen will help Tees Valley make a step change in the region’s economy through its devolution deal. Tees Valley manufacturers are incredibly ambitious and this must be matched by the ambition of the Mayor. The spirit of community and collaboration that exists in Tees Valley will mean that industry is certain to pull together to support the Mayor in tackling long standing barriers to growth in the region.”
Commenting on the new Mayors, Chris Richards, Head of Business Environment Policy at EEF, said: "The election of new mayors to match the real economic geographies in England is historic and will provide a significant boost in the mission to make sure all parts of England are geared up for growth. The General election purdah period will see these new Mayors getting off to a quiet start, but this shouldn't dampen the ambition and opportunity to begin immediate engagement with businesses on how to strengthen growth in their areas. Local businesses will be the ones who will pay the taxes, create the jobs and provide the economic growth that will deliver the ultimate outcomes of each Mayor's ambition – higher living standards and productivity.”
For more on EEF’s work on devolution and local government in England visit www.eef.org.uk/devolution.