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Rugby League World Cup 2021 Bid Could Bring Up To £8Million Boost to Tees Valley

Tees Valley’s bid to host fixtures for the Rugby League World Cup 2021 could enhance the regional economy by up to £8million, it was…

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Mayor Visits Tees Valley Power Station During Crucial £60m Upgrade Work

Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen has visited Hartlepool Nuclear Power Station during a major £60million project which has seen an extra 1,000 people working…

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Top Hong Kong Businesses Learn About Tees Valley Investment Opportunities

High-profile investors in Hong Kong have been told that Tees Valley is open for business by Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen and senior Government…

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Mayor Ben Houchen Welcomes Vodafone’s Proposals to Unleash Digital Potential Across Tees Valley

New figures reveal four out of ten people leave the North East to take up a job outside the region within six months of…

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Tees Valley Mayor Calls On Government To ‘Set Regions Free’ After Brexit

Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen today (March 19) made the call for greater devolution before the House of Commons Housing, Communities and Local Government…

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Enjoy Tees Valley: New Destination Tourism Service Launched

New dedicated tourism service for the Tees Valley Aims to attract more than 20m visitors per year Raise region’s profile in lead up to…

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Mayor Meets Australian Firm Over £70Million Tees Valley Refinery Investment

Mayor Ben Houchen has met representatives from Australian company Peak Resources to move forward the development of a Rare Earth Refinery in Tees Valley,…

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Mayor Presses Treasury For Guarantee Over Multi-Billion Pound Mine

Mayor Ben Houchen has today (March 14) met Treasury minister Robert Jenrick to call for Government backing for a multi-billion pound mine project essential…

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Transport Secretary Confirms £59Million Tees Valley Funding Commitment

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has written to Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen confirming a £59million transport fund that is being devolved to the region….

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Mayor Joins Oxford University Drive to Inspire Tees Valley Students to Study Language

Mayor Ben Houchen has spoken to students from across Tees Valley to highlight the importance of aiming high in post-18 education. The speech was…

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The Next Big Thing #Chicken Parmo

Anthony O’Shaughnessy from the North East last night stunned the judges on BBC’s MasterChef when he cooked up Teesside’s local delicacy, the parmo. The…

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Tees Valley Mayor Hails Training Firm As Technology Company Announces Jobs Boost

Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen has praised two of the region’s firms for working together to help boost the area’s economy. In a site…

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Mayor To Meet Treasury Ministers To Push Case For Key Tees Valley Projects

Free Port For Teesport post-brexit Cash to progress with Darlington bypass and Darlington station revamp Mayor Ben Houchen will today (5 March) meet Treasury…

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Tees Valley Mayor Urges Bids For £40Million Costal Communities Pot

Businesses, charities and groups in coastal towns are being urged to apply for a share of £40million in Government cash to help boost the…

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Tees Valley Mayor Visits Fertiliser Firm Central To Low Emissions Drive

Mayor Ben Houchen has visited a national fertiliser firm and learned about its work to cut CO2 emissions across the Tees Valley. CF Fertilisers…

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Mayors Call On PM To Support Housing Outside London And The South East

England’s Metro Mayors have joined forces to call on Prime Minister Theresa May to ensure areas outside of London and the South East get…

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Tees Valley Mayor Visits Fashion Start-Up Taking Online World By Storm

A vintage clothing firm that boasts celebrities among its clientele has welcomed Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen to outline its hopes for the future. …

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Mayor Joins Launch of Research Facility Backed By £17.5Million Combined Authority Funding

Mayor Ben Houchen has joined Northern Powerhouse Minister Jake Berry to break ground on a new £22.3million research, teaching and training facility in Tees…

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Tees Valley Mayor Steps In To Protect Hartlepool Jobs

The Tees Valley Mayor has written to the Chairman of Homes England (previously the Homes and Communities Agency) calling on him to rethink plans…

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Clean Growth Top Of The Agenda For Ministerial Visit To Teesside

Energy and Clean Growth Minister Claire Perry was in the Tees Valley today reaffirming the Government’s commitment to clean growth. The region has the…

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Letter From The Mayor To The Police And Crime Commissioner

Dear Barry, Thank you for your letter dated 5 February 2018. Let me first say that my office was not informed in any way…

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Students Have Been Exploring Their Inner Selves As A College Community Spent The Week Considering Health And Wellbeing

A host of visitors, including Tees Valley mayor Ben Houchen set up stall at Darlington College as a host of activities tackled mental and…

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Brexit Secretary Visits Tees Valley For Landmark EU Transition Speech

Mayor Ben Houchen welcomed Brexit Secretary David Davis to Teesport for a major speech formally setting out the UK’s aims for the transition period…

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Saltholme Visitor Drive Backed By Tees Valley Mayor

Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen has thrown his backing behind RSPB Saltholme’s visitor drive during a trip to the nature reserve. Saltholme is one…

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Chancellor Pressed On Post-Brexit Plan For Free Port As Mayor Wins Business Backing For A Pilot Project

50 businesses and influential individuals have signed a letter from Mayor Ben Houchen to the Chancellor of the Exchequer backing a study into establishing…

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Tees Valley Mayor Signs Joint Letter In Support Of International Students

Mayor Ben Houchen has joined Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and England’s five other Metro Mayors in signing a letter, published today in the…

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Tees Valley Mayor Supports Exciting Cubic Expansion Plan

The Tees Valley Mayor has visited a global transport systems company planning expansion of its operations in Stockton. Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen pledged…

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Tees Valley Mayor Sets Out His Ambitious Vision For The Year Ahead

  PLAN FOR 2018 Present my proposal to Peel Airports to bring Teesside Airport back into public ownership Launch a review into Cleveland Police…

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Mayor Welcomes £10Million Investment In Local Projects

A total of £10million had been paid out this month on four exciting projects, including a major infrastructure project in Redcar that will benefit…

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Mayor And Combined Authority Approves Next Stage For Vital Road Connections

The Tees Valley Combined Authority’s Cabinet today gave the green light to progress business cases for two major projects that could transform the road…

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Tees Valley Mayor Flying High With Stockton Businesses

THE TEES VALLEY MAYOR has reaffirmed his support for digital businesses in a special visit to Stockton’s Fusion Hive. Ben Houchen met with businesses…

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Mayor Visits Quorn To Recognise Massive Investment In Teesside

Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen has visited the Quorn factory in Billingham to recognise the meat substitute company’s £150million investment in the region. Mr…

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New Park Set To Lead UK Advanced Manufacturing Sector

Ground-breaking plans unveiled this week will put Middlesbrough and the Tees Valley at the vanguard of advanced manufacturing in the UK. The £22.46 million…

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Sirius Completes Bran Sands Purchase

Sirius Minerals has completed the purchase of the Bran Sands site on Teesside that lies adjacent to the former Redcar steelworks site.  The land…

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Cenergist Warming Up For Further Growth With New Home Energy Efficiency Scheme Team

FW Capital has backed an expanding North East energy consultancy’s plans to create new jobs in the Tees Valley and open up new revenue…

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Tees Valley Business Compass Enjoys First Year Supporting Nearly 500 Regional Firms

Tees Valley Business Compass is celebrating its first year after supporting nearly 500 businesses and start-ups across the region. The local growth hub has…

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Tees Valley Mayor Visits Leading Automotive Supplier

Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen has visited Kirkleatham-based auto-parts manufacturer ElringKlinger (GB) to recognise the firm’s success in bringing major contracts, investment and jobs…

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Tees Valley: A Flagship For The UK’s Industrial Strategy

The government has today set out its Industrial Strategy for the UK, reaffirming Tees Valley’s vital role at the heart of the UK’s plans…

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Statement On £123 Million For South Tees

Ben Houchen, Chair of South Tees Development Corporation. On behalf of the board of the South Tees Development Corporation, I welcome the announcement today…

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Mayor Hails ‘Historic’ £182 Million+ Budget Boost For Tees Valley

£123million to kick start the South Tees Development Corporation Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen has today hailed the Chancellor’s announcement that £123 million will…

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Local Supply Chain Briefed On Development Corporation Opportunities

More than a hundred businesses gathered for a briefing outlining the significant opportunities that the South Tees Development Corporation Master Plan will bring to…

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Mayor’s £100 Million “Litmus Test” Bid For Development Corporation Funds

Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen today called for £100m of tax payers money from central government to ensure the South Tees Development Corporation can…

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Training Provider Finds The Perfect Solution

Stockton-based JD Training Solutions has received £25k in funding to help move to a central location in the town centre and create new roles…

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Mayor Announces Business Space To Unlock 830 High-Tech Jobs

Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen has announced funding to kick-start the next phase of Middlesbrough’s Boho Zone, the town’s flagship development for digital and…

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Mayors Call For Post-Brexit Cash To Regions

Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen and his fellow Northern Metro Mayors have written to the Government’s Chief Brexit Minister David Davis MP about the…

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Multi-Million Pound Building At Northern Arts School Now Officially Opened

Cleveland College of Art and Design’s (CCAD) new multi-million teaching facility has been officially opened by Professor Madeleine Atkins CBE, Chief Executive of the…

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Tees Valley In The Running To Become Logistics Hub To Heathrow

Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen today welcomed the announcement that Tees Valley has been longlisted as a potential area for one of Heathrow Airport’s…

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TransPennine Express (TPE) is introducing brand new services for customers

The additional trains are being brought in as part of a major timetable change taking place on 10 December 2017 and will include extra…

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British Steel Pledges to Help South Tees Achieve Economic Potential

British Steel has promised to help the region achieve its economic potential after Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen visited the company’s Teesside Beam Mill…

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Mayor Backs Plan To End “Rip-Off” Letting Fees

Getting charged a fee by a letting agent is about to become illegal Landlords will be fined up to £5,000 if they breach the…

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Mayors Unite To Call For Major New Programme Of Devolution To City Regions

Britain’s seven regional and city-wide Mayors will today meet for the first time and issue a united call for the Government to significantly increase…

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Tees Valley To Lead Future Planning For Chemical Industry Growth

The Northern Powerhouse Chemicals and Process Consortium, led by Tees Valley Combined Authority, has been selected by the Government to lead a Science and…

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Work Starts On £3.4m Next Phase To Transform Key Hartlepool Area

The next phase of a multi-million pound Hartlepool Borough Council project to revitalise Hartlepool’s Church Street area and transform it into a hub for…

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Mayor Welcomes £8 Million For Tees Valley Roads

£3.3 million for A66 – Darlington Central Park £2.95 million for A66/A171 Cargo Fleet roundabout £2 million for Nunthorpe Swans Corner roundabout Tees Valley…

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Mayor Sees Teesside Skills In Action At Middlesbrough College

Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen has visited Middlesbrough College to see first-hand the innovative ways Tees Valley’s young people are upskilling themselves. During his…

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Tees Valley Mayor Engages With Yarm Students

Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen visited Yarm School to engage with pupils and give an overview on his work as Mayor. Speaking to pupils…

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Tees Valley Mayor Launches Campaign To Secure Protected Status For Teesside’s World Famous Parmo

Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen has launched a campaign to secure Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) status for Teesside’s world-famous parmo. His crusade to…

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Tees Valley Mayor Dives Into TWI Training Centre

  Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen dropped in to The Welding Institute (TWI) to see for himself the world-class training and research and development…

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Tees Valley Mayor Visits Leading Railway Heritage and Restoration Project

Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen has toured Darlington locomotive works, which has forged a reputation for restoration projects including bringing back to life the…

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Tees Valley Mayor Welcomes Funding To Support Young People

Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen has welcomed the announcement that Tees Valley will benefit from a share of £40 million to boost the skills…

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Tees Valley Mayor Meets with Chancellor To Discuss Northern Powerhouse

Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen yesterday held a ‘very productive’ meeting with Chancellor Philip Hammond. They were joined by the Mayor of Greater Manchester…

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Sabic Give Engineering Students Glimpse Into The Future

PRESS RELEASE ISSUED BY SABIC Engineering undergraduates from Teesside University were given a glimpse into their potential future with one of the world’s leading…

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PM Welcomes Regeneration Masterplan Expected to Bring Thousands of Jobs to the Tees Valley

PRESS RELEASE ISSUED BY THE PRIME MINISTER’S OFFICE Ground-breaking devolution deal leads to 25-year project to transform 4,500 acre area, including former Redcar steelworks…

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Tees Valley Mayor calls on Transport Minister to bring forward A19 Upgrade

Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen is calling on the Government to bring forward upgrades to the A19 between Norton and Wynyard. Current plans made…

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A Message from the Tees Valley Mayor: 100 days in office

1300 new private sector jobs secured £240 million of private sector investment announced £200 million investment due from landmark Teesside Pension Fund deal £7.5…

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Tees Valley Boosts Apprenticeships Through New Scheme

The Tees Valley Mayor today launched a new drive to accelerate the number of high quality apprenticeships, following a successful scheme which has helped…

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Mayor Launches £7.5m Routes to Work Scheme

The Tees Valley has secured £6 million of additional devolved funding from government to support up to 2,500 people into employment The funding is…

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Local Pension Fund to Invest £200 Million to Boost the Tees Valley Economy

The Tees Valley Mayor and Combined Authority Cabinet today (27/07/2017) signed a ground-breaking agreement with the Teesside Pension Fund to work together on projects…

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Tees Valley Mayor tours Materials Processing Institute

PRESS RELEASE ISSUED BY MPI Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen has visited leading research centre, the Materials Processing Institute, further strengthening his ties with…

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Tees Valley Mayor Praises British Steel During Skinningrove Visit

Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen has visited British Steel Special Profiles site in Skinningrove, just a few weeks after the business announced a return…

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Tees Valley Mayor visits Nifco

Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen has visited Nifco to learn more about one of Tees Valley’s biggest success stories. Nifco designs, develops and manufactures…

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Statement from Mayor Houchen following the abhorrent attacks in London

Reacting to the barbaric incidents in London last night, Tees Valley Mayor, Ben Houchen, said: “My thoughts and prayers are with the people affected…

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Mayor Launches Ambitious Plans to Transform Road Network

At an event held at the Riverside Stadium, proposals were unveiled for enhanced connections across the North, with improvements to road links between the…

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Tees Valley Business Summit

Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen has praised Tees Valley businesses as he addressed delegates at the first Tees Valley Business Summit. The sixth annual…

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Tees Valley Mayor Hails Growing Biotechnology Sector

Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen has visited a cutting-edge research and technology business that is leading the way in its field. Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies,…

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New Aviation Minister Meets Mayor To Discuss Airport Ambitions

Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen today (29th June) met with the Aviation Minister, Lord Callanan to discuss the future of Durham Tees Valley Airport.

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Tees Valley Mayor Praises AV Dawson During Site Visit

Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen visited an historic family Middlesbrough business, which continues to go from strength to strength.

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Tees Valley Mayor Welcomes Significant Increase in Arts Council Funding

It was announced today (June 27) Tees Valley has secured nearly £2 million Arts Council funding – an increase of more than 50 percent….

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Tees Valley Mayor Visits Cummins in Darlington

  Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen has undertaken a fact-finding tour of an engineering company with a highly skilled workforce, which makes a significant…

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Tees Valley Mayor Appoints Special Adviser

Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen has appointed Cameron Brown as Special Adviser. Mr Brown, who attended Nunthorpe Academy, returns to his native Tees Valley…

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South Tees Development Corporation Formally Proposed to Parliament

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Mayoral Visit to Dynamic Hartlepool Cable Company

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Statement from Mayor Houchen following the abhorrent attacks in London

Reacting to the barbaric incidents in London last night, Tees Valley Mayor, Ben Houchen, said: “My thoughts and prayers are with the people affected…

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Mayor Launches Initiative To Accelerate Land Development

Mayor Ben Houchen today chaired the first meeting of the Tees Valley Land Commission, a body responsible for identifying brownfield and public sector land…

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Ahead of Britain’s Got Talent’s Semi-Final, Mayor Houchen wishes Teesside Duo Good luck

Tees Valley Mayor, Ben Houchen, said:  “Grace and Ali are a fantastic representation of the young people of the Tees Valley.   They have already…

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Mr Houchen’s letter to the Mayor of Greater Manchester regarding the Manchester Arena attack

Ben Houchen, Tees Valley Mayor has sent the below letter to the Mayor of Greater Manchester on behalf of the people of the Tees Valley…

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Tees Valley Mayor hails vital role of Teesport

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Mayor, Ben Houchen, expresses sympathy and solidarity following the terrible terrorist relating events in Manchester

Mr Houchen said: “I want to express my sympathy, condolences and solidarity with the people of Manchester following the terrible events experienced at their…

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Tees Valley Mayor Meets Durham Tees Valley Airport Owners For The First Time

The Tees Valley Mayor, Ben Houchen, has met Robert Hough, the Chair of Durham Tees Valley Airport, for the first time.   The private…

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The New Tees Valley Mayor Takes Office

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