North East council leader wants fair deal for the region as Scotland prepares for new powers

Simon Henig

Simon Henig

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THE leader of the new North East Combined Authority has called for the region to get a fair deal after Scotland rejected independence.

Simon Henig is chairman of the body which represents seven North East councils as well as being leader of Durham County Council.

He welcomed the news Scotland was to remain part of the UK, but said if Scotland was to get a better deal, so should the North East.

He said: “We welcome the outcome of the referendum in Scotland as we believe there are close links between Scotland and the north of England and we are stronger together.

“It is now time to have a full debate about the devolution of power throughout the UK. If additional funding is guaranteed to meet the needs of Scotland it is reasonable to ask that funding is also guaranteed to meet the needs of northern England in areas such as transport and the economy.”