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NEWS ROUNDUP: Delta variant in Teesside & renaming Newcastle airport


The Delta variant of coronavirus has been identified in Teesside and Lib Dems push to rename Newcastle airport.

The Delta variant of coronavirus is making it's way across Teesside. Over 50 cases have been identified in Stockton with 40 in Middlesbrough. Figures from Friday show 246 confirmed cases and 636 “probable cases” of the Delta variant across the North-East.

Renaming Newcastle airport

Wearside Liberal Democrats are making a push for Newcastle airport to be renamed Newcastle Sunderland International airport, to better reflect both of the cities it serves. They said renaming the airport would help put Sunderland on the map as an ambitious city that is serious about attracting new jobs, businesses and investment.
Commenting, Lib Dem city councillor for Grindon and Thorney Close Paul Edgeworth said:

 “Renaming the airport to ‘Newcastle Sunderland’ would be a major boost putting Sunderland on the map as an ambitious city that is serious about attracting new jobs, businesses and investment. It would also help to support and promote the University and ties in with the push to regenerate the city centre and invest in our tourism and culture offer.

“People in Sunderland, through the local council, own a significant share of Newcastle Airport but feel like on this issue, just like many others, our Council lets Sunderland be overlooked in favour of Newcastle.

“That’s why Liberal Democrats are asking Sunderland Council to show some leadership and ambition for our city by using its significant shareholding in the airport to fight to rename it to ‘Newcastle Sunderland International Airport’

“This would follow in the footsteps of the likes of Leeds Bradford and Doncaster Sheffield Airports which reflect both of the major places they serve – and if the renaming took place in 2022 it would be a fitting tribute to mark the 30th anniversary of Sunderland gaining city status.”

Every Question Matters

A new campaign has been launched in the region aimed at putting people's minds at ease about the COVID vaccine. Every Question Matters aims to answer every question you might have about the vaccine, and hopes to resolve any anxieties or worries you might have about getting the jab

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