I’m John McCabe and I’m standing as an Independent candidate in the North of Tyne mayoral election on 2 May 2019.

This is a huge moment for the North of Tyne.  We have a once in a generation opportunity to take control over investment and decision-making that can transform the lives of people living, learning and working in the North of Tyne region.

I want us to create an economy in which employers can grow their businesses and create jobs; where we provide people of all ages with the skills and support they need to reach their full potential, where we support the development of our towns, promote our coastal communities and protect our countryside.  And I want this to just be the beginning.  I believe the new Mayor should start work immediately on securing an even bigger and better deal with the government resulting in more investment in our communities and more decisions taken locally.

I was born and brought up in North Shields.  My wife and I have three children and we live in Cramlington.  The business I established after being made redundant in 2013 continues to grow and provide employment to a wonderfully talented team of people based in Blyth.  I’ve spent almost 30 years working in the North of Tyne so I know this region well.  I understand the issues we face and I’m excited by the opportunities before us.

I’m standing as an Independent candidate because I believe our party political system is at breaking point and it’s time for something new.

On 2 May, voters in Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland will elect the first North of Tyne Mayor.  Given the state of party politics, can we really afford to put this task in the hands of a politician who places self and party interests above those of the region?  Somebody who answers to a leader in London rather than to the people of the North of Tyne?

The new Mayor should be a champion for the North of Tyne.  From day one in the job he or she should be credible, a unifier who can articulate a clear and bold ambition for our region. 

I hope you will join me in this campaign.

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