A Big Decision
After long conversations with family and friends about the vicious and dishonest words and activities of Middlesbrough politicians, I was strongly advised not to stand again for election as mayor.
But I won’t walk away from a fight and watch Middlesbrough go back to decades of decline.
Like everywhere else, we do face significant issues but unlike other places we’re facing our challenges head on and we’re making massive progress.
In fact, Middlesbrough now starts more new businesses than anywhere in the North East and is officially recognised as an international hotspot for investment.
We’ve created countless new jobs, protected our historic buildings and green spaces, planted 20,000 trees and built a new spirit of ambition and optimism.
We’re building hundreds of high-quality affordable homes and we’ve provided emergency food to anyone in genuine need.
Crime and ASB are still way too high but falling faster in Middlesbrough than anywhere else in our region.
We mustn’t let idiotic politicians, desperate for power, push Middlesbrough backwards - because the stakes are too high and people’s lives depend on progress.
Our new Mayoral Development Corporation will enable even more jobs to be created - 1000s of them - and win £hundreds of millions in investment. This will build on the exciting progress we’re already making in bringing new employers and opportunities to Middlesbrough.
In the last few weeks there has been an underhand push by some people in Middlesbrough politics to deter me from standing for mayor. They’ve dishonestly accused me of all sorts as they’re desperate for power and a return to past failings.
But I won’t be bullied out - I will stand again.
With your support, I’ll make sure we build on the massive successes we’ve made, despite covid and the cost of living crisis.
Exciting news is coming very soon. In the next few days, I’ll start to share news of great leaps forward for Middlesbrough.
My sincere thanks to everyone who has supported me and played a role in Middlesbrough’s progress over the past four years, from hard working council staff to my personal supporters, my Executive and the positive councillors who do everything they can to make our town a better place.
If we stick together, I’m certain that before long we can challenge Leeds and Newcastle for jobs, investment and progress.