Ben Houchen says government should ‘cough up’ to help transform former Redcar steelworks and show his party’s commitment to region

The Conservative mayor of Tees Valley is demanding £100m in Philip Hammond’s budget in what he described as a testof the government’s commitment to the region.

Ben Houchen, one of the most powerful Tory politicians outside London, said the public money would help transform the former SSI steelworks site in Redcar where 3,000 jobs were lost when it closed two years ago.

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