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Peerage for Tees Mayor Houchen?

Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen is on a list of 20 nominations for peerages by former Prime Minister Boris Johnson, according to media reports today. The news is reported by Northern Agenda online newsletter, citing The Times as the original resource.

In August Mr Houchen denied he had been offered a place in the House of Lords, Today he told Northern Agenda: ‘This is news to me, as my focus – as ever – is on doing what I can to help the people of Teesside, Darlington and Hartlepool and I look forward to standing for re-election as Tees Valley Mayor in 2024.’

The mayor has a long association with Johnson, going back to his first election campaign in 2017. Last month he backed the former PM to return to Downing Street.

Houchen is arguably due a major slice of the credit for starting the political revolution that turned many of Labour’s red wall seats in the north of England blue when he unexpectedly and narrowly won the mayoralty of Tees Valley five years ago.