Anna Turley, Labour MP for Redcar, has given her support to Councillor Sue Jeffrey, Leader of Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council, in the race to be Labour’s candidate for the Metro Mayor election in May 2017.
“I am pleased to see Sue has thrown her hat into the ring to be Labour’s candidate in the Mayoral election next year and I have no hesitation in giving her my support.
“Working with Sue, I have seen her passion and determination in fighting for Teesside and her skill and tact in dealing with Ministers and government officials in Whitehall.
“As a member of the South Tees Mayoral Development Corporation driving the regeneration of Teesside after the loss of SSI, and as a member of the Taskforce, Sue understands the challenges we face. Sue has been at the forefront of the work being done across the Combined Authorities of the Tees Valley to support industry, manufacturing and businesses to create the decent, well paid jobs we desperately need.
“People understandably have doubts about having a Tees Valley Mayor, which was a government requirement of the devolution deal, but the role gives us the chance to take control of our own fortunes and be competing on a national and international level alongside the likes of Liverpool and Greater Manchester. I know that from Day One in the job, Sue would roll up her sleeves and get stuck into improving Teesside for all of our people.”