Jamie Driscoll has decided to leave the Labour Party and serve as an independent mayor.
Today Driscoll tweeted
Driscoll, who is the elected mayor for the North of Tyne area was recently barred from standing as a Labour candidate by the Labour Party leadership.
In his resignation letter Driscoll says:
“It is with a heavy heart and deep disappointment that I am leaving the Labour Party. I will now serve the people of Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland as the independent North of Tyne Mayor.”