Mayor of the Tees Valley
Mayoral Election Results
Second round results for mayoral election
|Candidate||Final total votes||Percentage|
|Final total votes48,578||Percentage51.2%|
|Final total votes46,400||Percentage48.9%|
First round results for mayoral election
|Candidate||First pref votes||Percentage||Second pref votes||Percentage|
|First pref votes40,278||Percentage39.5%||Second pref votes8,300||Percentage55.7%|
|First pref votes39,797||Percentage39.0%||Second pref votes6,603||Percentage44.3%|
Candidate Liberal Democrat
|First pref votes12,550||Percentage12.3%||Second pref votes-||Percentage-|
|First pref votes9,475||Percentage9.3%||Second pref votes-||Percentage-|
Second preference votes are only used to elect the mayor if no candidate receives more than 50% of the vote. The top two candidates then receive the second preference votes from their eliminated opponents.
What area does this Mayor cover?
A letter has been written to Elon Musk, the boss of US electric vehicle company Tesla, inviting him to build a gigafactory in Hartlepool.
Tesla's plans to create facility in Germany have been held up due to concerns over the threat to wildlife habitats.
The Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen and Hartlepool Council leader Shane Moore said they had a site available where work could begin as soon as February.
Hartlepool was said to have been second on Tesla's shortlist of European sites but lost out to a location near Berlin.Copyright: BBCQuote Message: When it comes to the skills needed to build an electric car and associated battery factory there is no better workforce than what is available here in Teesside, Darlington and Hartlepool.Quote Message: We have the automotive experience; we are leaders in clean energy, and we lead the world in chemicals and precision manufacturing." from Ben Houchen Mayor of the Tees Valley
Mr Musk has previously said Brexit made investing in the UK "too risky".
Last week, Britishvolt announced plans to build a gigaplant in Blyth, Northumberland, to manufacture electric vehicle batteries.
- Copyright: Tees Valley Combined Authority
Plans for a "state-of-the-art" manufacturing space at the former SSI steelworks in Redcar have been approved.
The site, earmarked for offshore wind farm manufacturing, could create around 9,000 jobs, according to the Tees Valley Mayor.
Planning permission was granted for the 4.5m sq ft development at Teesworks, which could also see 1,000 construction jobs during the eight-year building project.
Ben Houchen, the Conservative-elected mayor, said the first tenants could move in as soon as 2022.
Mr Houchen said: "This is one of the biggest planning applications in the North of England and it will see a key part of the Teesworks site, that’s three times larger than the Amazon facility in Darlington, brought back to life.
“Teesside is already leading the way for the rest of the UK to follow with our clean energy plans, but this takes us to the next stage. This space will be used to manufacture offshore wind turbines, and the new heavy lifting quay we announced last month will give ships and international firms easy access to be able to transport not only these turbines, but also all the other exciting projects and businesses that will be located on site."
The plans were formally announced in July.
Mary Lanigan, the leader of Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council, which is run by an Independent-Lib Dem coalition, said: “This is a major project at what is an industrial area of international importance and which has the potential to create thousands of high-quality jobs.
"This is another key milestone at what would be an ideal manufacturing base – but there is still much to do and we must all keep working together to make this vision a reality.”Quote Message: This is one of the biggest planning applications in the North of England and it will see a key part of the Teesworks site brought back to life" from Ben Houchen Tees Valley Mayor
BBC Radio Tees
A scheme to help people get to work and training could be extended by the Tees Valley Mayor.
The Wheels 2 Work programme provides affordable transport like scooters to people who don't have easy access to public transport or a car - so they can get to their job or education.
Since 2018 more than 150 people have used the scheme.
There are currently 60 vehicles available but Ben Houchen has pledged more than £600,000 to increase that number, and support the scheme for another three years.
The proposal will go to the Tees Valley Combined Authority Cabinet for approval next week.
Local Democracy Reporting Service
No meetings have been arranged to discuss the Tees Valley moving into tighter Covid-19 restrictions before Wednesday, according to officials.
The region is currently in tier two, high alert, stopping any indoor mixing of households.
Last week saw no shift to the “very high” tier three, very high alert level – which would see more businesses shut – following discussions between the Government and health leaders.
It is understood a meeting was held between public health leaders and the deputy chief medical officer to discuss the data and the Tees Valley’s virus situation late last week.
Today, officials from the Tees Valley Combined Authority said there were no meetings planned before Wednesday, with nothing specific pencilled in on any tier three move.
Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen said he spoke to the Health Secretary Matt Hancock last week to request an extra “seven to ten days” to see whether the tier two restrictions were working or not in response to a “flattening” of Covid rates.
An email was sent to Tees Valley council leaders from local Government minister Robert Jenrick late last week telling authorities there “may shortly be a need to move Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland, Stockton and Darlington into level three restrictions”. The message said a meeting to discuss the data between leaders and ministers was also lined up “ASAP”. However, no follow up message was sent.
The Tees Valley, Hartlepool and Darlington avoid Tier 3 - very high alert restrictions along with seven other areas in the North East including Newcastle and Gateshead.
The BBC understands that there will be no move from Tier 2 to Tier 3 for the Tees Valley today.
The area is likely to be a granted a week-long reprieve to show that infection rates are coming down.
Political editor, North East & Cumbria
The government is beginning a consultation on how freeports, and the process of becoming one, will work.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak said further details around how it will create the freeports had been published.
The bidding process will start by the end of the year and the plan is for the first to be opened by the end of 2021.
Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen is very keen for Teesside to host the first freeport.Copyright: Google
The former gatehouse at Redcar steelworks has been demolished on the fifth anniversary of the site's liquidation.
It has been knocked down as part of plans to build a new £1m entranceway for the redeveloping Teesworks site which Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen said should be complete by Christmas.Copyright: Tees Valley Combined Authority
Mr Houchen said: “The pain, job losses and economic impact from this site’s closure five years ago cannot be understated. The closure ripped the heart out of communities. The heart-breaking image of one worker leaving his boots and hard hat by the site showed the human impact of the closure. The only local people I want to see at the Teesworks entrance now are those lined up ready to take advantage of all of the jobs we’re creating on the site.
“We’ll soon see diggers on the site and construction under way on the state-of-the-art gateway, which will be an impressive shop window for our international investors and something local people can be proud of."
BBC Radio Tees
An on-demand bus service is to be expanded across the BBC Radio Tees area.
Tees Flex buses hit our roads five months ago as part of a three-year pilot funded by the Tees Valley Combined Authority.
Passengers can book their own journeys through an app, online or over the phone to be picked up and dropped off at "virtual bus stops".Copyright: Tees Combined Authority
Millions of doses of a coronavirus vaccine could be manufactured in Teesside if a trial is successful, the mayor says.
The Government has said it will purchase 60 million doses of the Novavax vaccine, should it make it through trials.
Billingham-based Fujifilm Diosynth is one of the companies manufacturing the vaccine, Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen announced.
With most vaccine trials ending in failure, the government is effectively hedging its bets, hoping that at least one of them proves safe and effective.
What the Tees Valley Mayor is calling "game-changing" plans have been submitted for the former SSI steelworks site in Redcar.
The South Tees Development Corporation proposes a state-of-the-art manufacturing space which Ben Houchen says will create 9,000 jobs.
It was the "biggest planning application in the North of England", Mr Houchen said.
The application represented a "huge step forward" in redeveloping the site and was important "not just to Redcar and Cleveland but to the future success of our whole region", he said.Copyright: STDC
Redcar & Cleveland Council leader and South Tees Development Corporation board member Mary Lanigan said it was "vital for the future prosperity of the area and the region".
"There is still a long road ahead however this news is definitely another step in the right direction,” she said.