The River Tyne
The recurring role of the River Tyne in the North East economy and its new potential for regeneration was the subject of a seminal seminar that brought together political, academic and business leaders on Friday 26th October to North Tyneside.
North Tyneside MP Mary Glindon, who has convened the Big River conference with Cllr Jim Allan, Leader of The Labour Group on North Tyneside Council, said: "the River Tyne is the golden thread that binds us together economically, socially and politically. From the first steam powered ship, the Turbania in the late 19th century to today's Turbines, the Big River has served us well and will continue to do so. The seminar will look at the complementary roles of the state and private business."
Mary Glindon added: "For my own part, I reject the notion that we should slash the role of the state to boost that of the private sector. They have, do and should continue to work hand in hand for the interests of the people. It's not an either-or equation for economic success in the 21st century but one that combines what each does best to take advantage of our human talent and our natural resources, primarily the Big River.
The keynote speaker was Caroline Flint, the Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change who will emphasise the importance of the River Tyne in renewable energy.