A New Deal for Middlesbrough promised by Labour's Mick Thompson
By fmttm
Tuesday 30 Apr 2019 11:27:00
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Mick Thompson, Labour's candidate for Mayor, today launched his "New Deal for Middlesbrough", who pledged to be a Mayor who will build on Middlesbrough's recent successes, create jobs for local people, and put power in the hands of local communities.  

In a nod to Middlesbrough's heritage, the open-air launch was held at Transporter Park, Middlehaven - home of the innovative Urban Pioneers development - and attended by Middlesbrough Labour activists and council candidates. Andy McDonald MP and Lauren Dingsdale, the Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland, were also in attendance and jointly opened the event. 

Mick, a councillor for seven years and former housing professional and community organiser, told the audience that the manifesto was the next stage of Middlesbrough Labour's plan for the town, ensuring local people and communities continued to benefit from Middlesbrough's progress seen under the leadership of Mayor Dave Budd, who is retiring in May.

Mick Thompson said:

"It is clear for all to see that Middlesbrough is on the rise again, and it's important to recognise that what we are seeing is the result of the policies developed and implemented by a Labour-led Council

I'm proud to have played my role in that progress, and if elected as your Mayor I want to ensure that all of our Councillors and local people have a role in developing the ideas that will deliver continuing progress for Middlesbrough.  I want to be a Mayor that brings people together, and puts local people at the heart of everything we do.

Our New Deal for Middlesbrough will do just that. It empowers local people, gives local communities the resources to shape their areas, and creates a positive, citizen-centred approach to taking Middlesbrough forward.

Notable policies from "A New Deal for Middlesbrough" include: 

  1. Creating jobs in Middlesbrough's thriving digital sector;
  2. Tackling the mental health crisis through a "Happy City" campaign;
  3. Promoting environmentally friendly travel through investment in cycle paths, a "Boro Bikes" scheme, and the Nunthorpe Park and Ride;
  4. An annual Middlesbrough Festival to celebrate what makes Middlesbrough great;
  5. Building Council houses for sale and rent.

Mick Thompson


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