Monday, November 20, 2006

North-East Assembly moving.

It is worth noting that this non-elected and non-accountable North-East Regional Assembly is moving from it's premises at the Guildhall, Newcastle, to an office development on the Team Valley in Gateshead.

This body has an annual budget of two million pounds and counts among it's members Labour Councillors Paul Waggott and Iain Malcolm from our borough. We were never consulted on it's formation and when Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott held a referendum on the setting up of an elected assembly for the North-East he was rebuffed with a resounding NO vote from the electors. The defeat was so severe that it scuppered all of his plans for referenda in the rest of the country!

It is high time that the North-East Regional Assembly is brought to a close, it has little to offer the community that our own local councils cannot, it is a powerless, toothless, producer of hot air, and would not be missed!


The Northern Echo

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