EASINGWOLD & DISTRICT BRANCH
have great pleasure in inviting you to
A SPEAKER SUPPER
Ben Houchen, Tees Valley Mayor
Ben Houchen, who is 31, was elected as the first (Conservative) Mayor of the Tees Valley in May 2017. The Tees Valley area covers the five boroughs of Darlington, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland, and Stockton-On-Tees.
Prior to becoming Mayor, Ben was a councillor on Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council. He also led the Council’s opposition Conservative Group. In 2012, he stood as the Conservative parliamentary candidate in the Middlesbrough by-election, and in 2014 stood to become the region’s MEP. Perhaps his greatest political claim to fame is that he was in the final four candidates in the Thirsk and Malton PPC selection in 2014 – narrowly losing out to our very own Kevin Hollinrake MP!
As Mayor, Ben is implementing an ambitious agenda to increase economic growth and prosperity. He wants to create a strong local economy that creates good quality jobs, underpinned by an even stronger private sector. His personal commitments include: saving the Airport; supporting businesses to grow; delivering the housing that the region needs; ensuring an effective structure for Cleveland Police; and securing protected food status for ‘The Parmo’ – a much loved local delicacy.
Ben is Teesside born and bred. A qualified solicitor, he worked for two local firms specialising in commercial litigation and employment law. In 2016 Ben founded BLK UK – an international sportswear business, which supplies clothing to amateur and professional clubs. As Chief Executive of BLK UK, he delivered an impressive programme of growth and company expansion. Since the election, Ben has stepped down from his position at BLK to dedicate all his time to his mayoral role.
Ben lives in Yarm with his wife Rachel, a French teacher at a local secondary school.
7pm | Friday 2nd March 2018
Easingwold Golf Club, Stillington Road, Easingwold YO61 3ET
Tickets £20 for a 2-course supper with coffee Raffle Please reply by Friday 23rd February to: Thirsk & Malton Conservatives,
109 Town Street, Old Malton YO17 7HD T: 01653 693502 E: firstname.lastname@example.org