In this, the first episode of our One Voice series, we speak to Mayor Jamie Driscoll from the North of Tyne Combined Authority.

He talks us through the huge area he covers and the transport challenges with such a diverse landscape of rural and urban communities.

Mayor Driscoll tells us about the heavy investment that has gone into renewable energy sources such as offshore wind farms and gigafactories, and how he hopes that will further grow job opportunities in the region.

He reflects on the Conservative Party leadership vote and explains his key ask of the new Prime Minister.

We also discuss important topics for the North including his thoughts on the Integrated Rail Plan, HS2 and private car ownership.

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