Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Nexus Chief in Bias Claims

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Nexus Chief in Bias Claims

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Byline: By Peter Young

A transport boss is under fire after urging politicians to back controversial plans for a North East assembly.

The row has erupted around Mike Parker, director general of Tyne & Wear transport operator Nexus.

In a report to the Tyne & Wear Passenger Transport Authority, Mr Parker said an assembly would give the North East greater influence over transport and planning issues and recommended members to support the idea.

But his stand was criticised by the Conservative's Coun Ed Hodson, who said Mr Parker is a paid official who should not take sides in the political battle shaping up over the assembly.

Coun Hodson, a member of North Tyneside Council's cabinet, told the PTA: "This is a political matter. I am surprised the director general is taking such a strong stance."

After the meeting, Coun Hodson said: "Mr Parker is a paid official and this is a controversial political matter. He should stay neutral. …

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