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Posts by Andy Street
Andy Street is Mayor of the West Midlands, and a former managing director of John Lewis.Follow @
This ambitious business case is based on our experiences not only of recovering from the last downturn, but on the successes of the last three years.
Andy Street: With more shops opening again, here are high street lessons we can learn from the last recession
At John Lewis where I was a new MD, we decided to put our trust in technology – to build a business model for the future.
We stand ready to act as a pilot area that would provide valuable insights for UK venues preparing for life after lockdown.
Here in the West Midlands we are seeing construction resuming, the housing market restarting and our all-important car industry reviving.
Andy Street: Our West Midlands recovery plan – and why no one-size-fits-all Whitehall scheme would work
Here, the recovery of our automotive and construction sectors is crucial – firms in the region directly employ around 46,500 people.
Andy Street: NHS staff have invoked the Blitz spirit during these times. They must be rewarded for their gallantry.
As Lord Ashcroft wrote recently for ConservativeHome, the George Cross would be the best way to honour our heroes.
If you really want to see how we’re pulling together, the best example is taking shape now at the NEC, outside Birmingham – the new NHS Nightingale Hospital.
In contrast to 2008’s financial crisis, the Coronavirus is expected to be short-lived. In the meantime, the Government must be quick to protect livelihoods.
For the Conservatives to fulfil their promise of “levelling up” the UK, they must create ample employment opportunities.
We must level-up the country. By providing the funds we need, the Government will send a vote of confidence in the power of local decision-making.
Andy Street: Yes to HS2. But it’s only the start of the transport revolution we need north of Watford.
That’s why last week I launched my transport plan for the West Midlands – an ambitious, 20-year vision of how our constituent boroughs will be linked in the coming decades.
We have a candidate for PCC in Jay Singh-Sohal who grasps the complexities of policing one of the most densely populated areas in Europe.
Andy Street: Levelling up for the Midlands and North. Javid must tear up the Treasury rules to make sure it happens.
We in the regions must accept that it will be up to us to provide the detailed data that will help to monitor the success of investment made.
The Prime Minister was right to say many voters have only ‘lent’ us their votes. We must now earn that trust, by ensuring the benefits of life in a post-Brexit Britain reach all communities.