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Why I'm Standing

I’m standing to be mayor of the North East because I believe that together we can reclaim our ambition, build on our proud heritage and create a region known as the home of opportunity.


Our region has been hardest hit by Tory austerity and now faces the devastating

cost-of-living-crisis and the highest child poverty rates in the country.


But we’ve been through this before and we know the solutions. 


This region and a Labour Government gave my family and thousands of others what we needed to escape hardship and succeed. I will be the campaigning Labour mayor who gives working class people this opportunity once again.


As mayor I’ll bring a relentless focus on creating skilled jobs for everyone, introducing climate solutions beyond net zero, ending child poverty, investing in young adults to prevent crime and delivering a publicly-owned transport system.


We don’t have time for ideological experiments and we can’t continue in the shadow of Manchester and Leeds.


We are unashamedly proud of our region and have always succeeded against the odds. 


I have delivered for this region as Police Commissioner and I’ll build on that record as mayor - let’s give our North East the voice it needs and the opportunities we all deserve.

Kim is a dedicated champion of our region and has a track record of standing up for the people of the North East

Dame Norma Redfearn, North Tyneside Mayor

Our Mission

My Priorities 

As your mayor I’ll bring a relentless focus on:

Creating skilled jobs for everyone

Providing climate solutions beyond net zero

Ending child poverty

Investing in young adults to prevent crime

Delivering a publicly-run transport system.


My Record

As a Labour Police & Crime Commissioner I have:

Invested in the region’s young people.

Delivered hundreds more local police officers.

Made fighting the effects of poverty and deprivation central to crime prevention.

Backed youth services and healthy role models.

Funded Community Hubs that are bringing Sure Start by stealth.

Supported our communities directly with funding.

Together we can reclaim our ambition

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