Leaders seek devolution confirmation

Members of the North East Combined Authority Leadership Board have requested that the new government confirm its commitment to the region's devolution deal.

The members argue that the EU referendum result make the devolution deal, which was originally agreed upon on 23 October 2015, all the more urgent and necessary.

At a board meeting, members agreed that they would move to the next step of the devolution process, once receipt and acceptance of assurances from government are given.

Cllr Paul Watson, chair of the North East Combined Authority, said: “There have been some significant changes within government and we need to have certainty that this will not lead to a watering down of the terms of our devolution agreement.

“We are asking the new government which has just been formed to confirm that the terms of the deal, agreed on 23 October 2015, will be supported in full.”