Hoult welcomes business leaders warning

by | Apr 22, 2019 | Election

Conservative candidate Charlie Hoult has welcomed a letter from 30 regional business leaders today, warning voters of the dangers of electing a hard-left Momentum Mayor at next week’s North of Tyne Mayor election.

The warning letter, published in the regional press, is signed by leading business people including former Newcastle United owner and MetroCentre creator Sir John Hall, who is the lead signatory.

The 30 businessmen and women – listed below – have come together to express their fears about Jeremy Corbyn’s Momentum candidate Jamie Driscoll becoming the first North of Tyne Mayor after the election on May 2.

In the letter, set out in full below, the 30 state that “Jamie Driscoll has little relevant experience and has also declared that ‘nine times out of ten, owners contribute absolutely no work to the production process’. We worry such naïve rhetoric will divide business people and scare off investors.”

The letter declares the group’s support for Charlie Hoult. The 30 state: “Our region needs a more positive vision and leadership with a mayor connected across community, business and government.

“We will vote for Charlie Hoult on May 2 because we know he can deliver the right growth for our region.

“We believe Charlie Hoult has the best track record. He has led North East tech group Dynamo on complex projects like the £30m National Innovation Centre for Data. His own businesses have created 1,000 jobs. And, he has worked to put the region on the map by lobbying for new projects like Northumbria University’s International Centre for Connected Construction.

“We know Charlie has the passion and energy to deliver more winning projects as mayor. He plans to use the £600m mayoral budget for projects to support local growth, improve career paths and renew town centres. He’s a modern collaborator who will use seed investments to bring new connections with international partners, charities and government agencies.”

Welcoming the business support letter, Charlie Hoult said: “This letter demonstrates the strength of feeling in the North East business community about this election. They are deeply worried about the prospect of a hard-left Momentum mayor supposedly representing or championing the local business community.

“They are rightly concerned about the Corbyn candidate’s anti-business rhetoric. Driscoll is on record as saying that 90% of business owners do not contribute to the production process. This is insulting, and shows how far removed he is from reality.

“SMEs are the lifeblood of our local economy and to insult business owners in such an ignorant way shows why Jamie Driscoll should not be mayor – he just doesn’t understand business. How can he expect respect after saying such daft things?

“Now is not the time to experiment with uncosted, unproven policies. Now is the time for someone who has proper business experience.”

Business letter in full

“On May 2, voters in Northumberland, Newcastle and North Tyneside elect a new mayor for ‘North of the Tyne’, as part of a devolution deal. The mayor’s remit is economic development: jobs, homes, education and growth.

“Tees Valley mayor Ben Houchen shows what an imaginative mayor can achieve, attracting new business and government investment. North of the Tyne calls for a similar approach and someone with a wide experience in delivering projects on the ground.

“We believe Charlie Hoult has the best track record. He has led North East tech group Dynamo on complex projects like the £30m National Innovation Centre for Data. His own businesses have created 1000 jobs. And, he has worked to put the region on the map by lobbying for new projects like Northumbria University’s International Centre for Connected Construction. Actions, not words.

“We know Charlie has the passion and energy to deliver more winning projects as mayor. He plans to use the £600m mayoral budget for projects to support local growth, improve career paths and renew town centres. He’s a modern collaborator who will use seed investments to bring new connections with international partners, charities and government agencies.

“None of us are strongly party political – but we are concerned at the prospect of a mayor from Labour’s hard-left Momentum faction. Corbyn’s candidate, Jamie Driscoll, has little relevant experience and has also declared that ‘nine times out of ten, owners contribute absolutely no work to the production process’. We worry naïve rhetoric will divide business people and scare off investors.

“Our region needs a more positive vision and leadership with a mayor connected across community, business and government. We support a vote for Charlie Hoult on May 2 because we know he can deliver the right growth for our region. We ask you to place your trust in him too.

Yours

Sir John Hall (lead signatory)
Alastair Balls
Charlie Bennett, Otter Recruitment
Hermina Ely, Ely Architects Ltd
Paul Ely, Ely Architects Ltd
Steve Forrest, Forfusion
Anna Gibson, Microscooter
Jane Gibson, Gibson & Co
Michael Grayson, Solutions Recruitment
Naveen Handa, Cairn Hotel Group
Emma Jones, Enterprise Nation
Sir David Kelly
Barry Ladhar, Ladhar Group
Dr Nigel Lightfoot CBE
Paul Lilley
Joel Marks, Cheviot Insured
Jeremy Middleton, Middleton Enterprises
Nigel Mills CBE
Chris Ollerenshaw
Dr Shiv Pabary, InDental Practice
Alistair Scott, Thomas N. Miller
Raj Seghal, Union Property Services
Mark Souter, RH Irving Industrials
Mark Squires, Squires Bennett Associates
Jonathan Sykes, Sykes Property
Laura Sykes, Broadoak
Fergus Trim, Broadoak
Susan Trim, Positive PR
Duncan Young, Sanderson Young