Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Driscoll Promises a Socialist Agenda on Tyne's North Bank; BUT NEW MAYOR'S RIVAL FEARS VENEZUELA-STYLE POLITICS WILL NOT WORK

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Driscoll Promises a Socialist Agenda on Tyne's North Bank; BUT NEW MAYOR'S RIVAL FEARS VENEZUELA-STYLE POLITICS WILL NOT WORK

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Byline: SEAN SEDDON Reporter

LABOUR'S Jamie Driscoll has been elected as the first ever North of Tyne mayor and vowed to deliver a socialist agenda.

The left-winger secured a comfortable victory, defeating Conservative candidate Charlie Hoult in the second round of voting by 76,862 votes to 60,089.

In a win which will be hailed by Jeremy Corbyn supporters as an endorsement of the party's lurch to the left, Mr Driscoll said his election was "a verdict on a derelict politics created by a derelict Government".

We were about Tyne and a Fidel Maduro about". He has committed to setting up a community bank, radically expand council house building andCharlie announced he will "declare a climate emergency".

On a bad night for the Labour party nationally, he fought off four challengers from across the political spectrum and registered a comfortable victory.

Mr Driscoll used his acceptance speech to dispel any notion he would veer from his left-wing agenda, telling the hall "socialist" is a "label I am proud to wear".

worrying Venezuela on he's done Castro /speech negativity Hoult Speaking from the stage immediately after the result, he blamed society's woes on a "dog eat dog ideology and an economic system that "favours the interests of the ultrarich over the working people who produce the wealth".

He added: "Socialism is about levelling the playing field so that every one, no matter whether they are born into a rich family or a poor one, grows up to be the best person they can be, a society that helps people to get back up on their feet when they stumble."

He said he was confident he had a "a very strong mandate" for his policy agenda.

Asked about his hard-hitting speech, he said: "I think people do need to be told what people believe if they've been elected into office."

Mr Hoult was equally uncompromising when reviewing Driscoll's speech, likening it to the rhetoric of South American socialist dictators.

He said: "We were worrying about Venezuela on Tyne and he's done a Fidel Castro / Maduro speech about negativity in the region.

"We want to be positive about the great things happening here."

The millionaire businessman, who has never held political office but made it almost impossible for the Conservative party not to choose him as their candidate by hitting the trail early and confidently, made waves in the campaign with comments about Newcastle United. …

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