Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Assembly's `No' Campaign Split

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Assembly's `No' Campaign Split

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Byline: By Paul Linford, Political Editor

A potential split is opening up in the "no" campaign against regional government after a senior Tory revealed plans to set up a business-led group to oppose home rule.

Until now, opposition to the Government's proposed North-East Assembly has been led by "metric martyr" Neil Herron who sought to run a "people's campaign" free of party political interference.

Now the Tories' shadow regions secretary Bernard Jenkin has revealed he wants to establish a group to oppose the plan, made up of regional business figures.

However he faces the likelihood of a rebuff after the region's two leading business organisations last night insisted they would not join such a body. Mr Jenkin is due to have talks with the North CBI and the North-East Chamber of Commerce during a visit to the region. He set out his plans in an exclusive interview with The Journal saying: "What I am trying to do is encourage businessmen to come together to make sure their voice is heard. …

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