Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Businessman Confirms He Will Run for Mayor as an Independent

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Businessman Confirms He Will Run for Mayor as an Independent

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Byline: GRAEME WHITFIELD Business editor graeme.whitfield@ncjmedia.co.uk @Graemewhitfield

BUSINESS leader John McCabe has confirmed he is standing to be North of Tyne mayor with an appeal to people disillusioned by the established political parties.

Mr McCabe, who runs his own PR firm and has been president of the North East England Chamber of Commerce for the past two years, is running as an independent candidate, saying that the party political system had failed too many people in the area.

Mr McCabe has won admirers over the past two years for his championing of the region and its business community, including criticism of the Government's handling of Brexit.

He said his campaign would be based around jobs and skills, as well as issues including mental health, culture and future development of the area's towns and communities.

Mr McCabe said: "This is a big moment for all of us who live, learn or work in Newcastle, North Tyneside or Northumberland.

"We should see this as just the first stage in taking more control over the future of our region. I believe one of the mayor's first priorities should be to start making the case for more devolved powers and more funding to deliver lasting, meaningful change for our region.

"That's why this election matters so much.

"We have to elect a mayor who can galvanise and work with the private, public and third sectors.

"The mayor will have to negotiate with the Government and will have to unite and work with all of the political parties represented in the North of Tyne, especially the Labour and Conservative local authority leaders who will form the first cabinet.

"And above all else, to make a success of this once in a generation opportunity the mayor will need to be credible and accountable to the people of our region.

"Our long established party political system is at breaking point and it's failing the vast majority of people. …

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