What a pleasure to meet some inspiring leaders from our voluntary sector today. We had a wide ranging conversation from service procurement to homelessness and much more besides. Lots for me to consider ahead of the #NorthOfTyneMayor election.
My thoughts on the Brexit extension. Let’s not rerun the divisive 2016 referendum, let’s use this period to work with government on providing certainty to our businesses, rural communities, airport and ports and clarity on how it will fill the EU funding gap.
Thanks to Newcastle City Council for an excellent business briefing session today on the subject of the clean air / low emission zone being forced upon us by the Conservative government. This requires a difficult balance between air quality & economic prosperity. Here are my thoughts after this morning’s event: