The new Labour leader of Hull City Council has said he will back the creation of a pan-Humber local enterprise partnership in a move that is set to bring to an end a row over the future of economic development in the region.
Stephen Brady, who replaces the ousted Liberal Democrat council leader Carl Minns after last week’s local elections, said he would work closely with the business leaders and the other local authorities across Humberside to bring forward a proposal for a pan-Humber LEP.
The previous Liberal Democrat administration had refused to support a pan-Humber LEP, bidding instead for a north bank partnership between Hull City Council and East Riding of Yorkshire DC.
This was rejected by ministers, but Cllr Minns had vowed to press ahead with the north bank LEP, with or without ministerial approval. This was despite business support for a LEP covering the north and south of the Humber.
Hull & Humber is one of the few areas around the country without a LEP but the support from Cllr Brady for a pan-Humber partnership means one could soon be approved.
Cllr Brady said: “I want to work closely with the leaders of the other Humber authorities as well as local businesses to unlock the economic potential of Hull and the surrounding region”.