Zetland FM Local News - 9th September 2020
A local MP has resigned from his role as a Government minister for personal reasons;
Tributes have been paid to a teenage boy who was killed in a collision while cycling in East Cleveland at the weekend;
...and Redcar and Cleveland Council leader Mary Lanigan is recovering at home after suffering a heart attack.
A local MP has resigned from his role as a Government minister for personal reasons.
Simon Clarke, the MP for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland, announced his resignation from his role in Government yesterday.
On a post on Twitter Mr Clarke said he had decided to step down for personal reasons and had posted a resignation letter to Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
Although Mr Clarke will no longer hold a government post, he will continue to serve as the MP for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland.
Tributes have been paid to a teenage boy who was killed in a collision while cycling in East Cleveland at the weekend.
14-year-old Leon Jamie Keeler was with another child on Stanghow Road at Lingdale on Sunday evening when the collision, involving a dark coloured Alfa Romeo Mito, happened.
On Tuesday, Cleveland Police confirmed the 14-year-old's identity alongside a touching tribute from the teen's mum.
Leon’s mum Janine said that Leon's death had left a huge hole in their hearts, and their lives will never be the same.
The male driver of the Alfa, who is in his late 20s, was arrested in connection with the incident and has been released under investigation while inquiries continue.
Redcar and Cleveland Council leader Mary Lanigan is recovering at home after suffering a heart attack.
Cllr Lanigan, who heads up the Independent and Liberal Democrat coalition on the council, spent three nights in James Cook University Hospital, in Middlesbrough, after falling ill.
She was later discharged and allowed to return home, but has been ordered to rest by doctors.
Politicians from all sides have passed on their wishes of support for a speedy recovery.