Jamie Driscoll was elected as the first ever mayor for the North of Tyne on May 3, 2019.
Voters from Newcastle, Northumberland and North Tyneside chose Labour and Co-operative party member Mr Driscoll ahead of Conservative Party candidate Charlie Hoult.
The North of Tyne Combined Authority has ambitious plans to create 10,000 jobs over the term of the deal, adding over £1bn in goods and services and levering over £2bn of private sector investment. It has also meant the transfer of power and investment from central Government to Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland.
Mr Driscoll has pledged to deliver on housing, a people’s bank and addressing the ‘climate emergency’ among his priorities as he begins his five years in office.
I never voted to have a North of Tyne Mayor - why do we need one?
Having a North of Tyne Elected Mayor is part of the devolution deal - without a North of Tyne Elected Mayor there is no funding. Our deal secured £600m over the next 30 years, aiming to create 10,000 jobs and boosting the local economy by over £1bn. We wouldn’t have got this without agreeing to have a North of Tyne Elected Mayor.
Wouldn’t this £20m a year be better spent elsewhere?
This is extra funding on top of the money Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland councils already spend.
Isn’t this just a waste of time and money?
No. The North of Tyne Elected Mayor will represent every single person in Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland. They will ensure our voice is clearly heard by Government and champion the North of Tyne nationally and internationally.
This all sounds to be about boosting business. What’s in it for your average person in the street?
The deal means more decisions will be taken locally rather than by central government. The money won’t just be used to create jobs, it will see improvements to education, tourism and broadband and new homes which will bring benefits for everyone in Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland.
There is already an Elected Mayor in North Tyneside – why do we need another one?
They have different roles. The Elected Mayor for North Tyneside leads North Tyneside Council and will continue to do so. The political leadership arrangements for Newcastle and Northumberland will also stay the same as they are now.
The role of the Elected Mayor for the North of Tyne is much broader. They will head up the North of Tyne Combined Authority and, together with the six local authority Cabinet members, be accountable for its activity.