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Andy takes to the streets as candidates feel the Burn

Andy takes to the streets as candidates feel the Burn

🕔20.Oct 2016

Another week of the long wind up to the mayoral campaign, another candidate declares. Kevin Johnson reports on the latest from the race to be the first metro mayor of the West Midlands.

James Burn, Green Party, joins Beverley Nielsen, (Lib Dems), Siôn Simon (Labour) and Andy Street (Conservatives) on the ballot paper for the 4th May 2017 election.

Cllr Burn is comitted to increasing investment in low carbon industries and manufacturing, promising a new industrial revolution if elected.

Cllr Burn is the opposition leader of Solihull Council and represents the Chelmsley Wood ward.

James Burn joined the contest too late to participate in the camaraderie of Mr Street’s fundraising run along Birmingham’s roads last Sunday. Both Ms Nielsen and Mr Simon donated to Andy Street’s efforts at the Birmingham Half Marathon where he raised money for Acorn’s Children’s Hospice.

Mr Street’s Just Giving page shows he bust his £2,000 target. Siôn Simon’s £50 donation was accompanied by the message

This is one race I hope you finish streets ahead.

Andy Street took to twitter to thank both his rivals. Time will tell if the close campaign is as friendly.

Meanwhile, Mr Simon has commented on this week’s report from the Resolution Foundation.

Responding to the Resolution Foundation report ‘City Living: Devolution and the living standards challenge‘, Labour’s candidate for West Midlands Mayor said:

For too long, decisions about jobs and business needs of the West Midlands have been made by politicians in London. From next year, that changes. Only by taking back control of our own affairs can we really tackle the low employment levels that blight opportunity for our region.

This election is between a local Labour Mayor – always putting the West Midlands first – or a Tory candidate dancing to the tune of a Conservative government in London that has let our area down.

What a mayor can do for employment is likely to be on the agenda at the Keys to the Engine conference being organised by the Downtown in Business Birmingham busines club on 24th November at the thestudio in Cannon Street, Birmingham.

Property entrepreneur Tom Bloxham will be the keynote speaker at the event, which also features Paul Kehoe, newly installed President of Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce, Mark Rogers, CEO at Birmingham city council, and award-winning Laura Shoaf, MD at Transport for West Midlands. Visit this site for more details.

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