This hugely important industry is undergoing rapid change. For the region that created the golden age of motoring, that’s an opportunity.
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Andy Street is the Conservative candidate for the West Midlands mayoralty, and a former managing director of John Lewis.Follow @
By working closely with Government to target investment, we have rekindled that creative spark that is one again catching the eye of the world.
They are chosen not from a factional or ideological standpoint, but from what I see while doing the job of Mayor.
The march of technology stops for nothing – not even Brexit – and the businesses and regions which embrace it will be the winners of the future.
Success in politics is about delivering the goods. This should provide encouragement to the local associations who fared less well last week.
Andy Street: Here in the West Midlands, we’re on the verge of reopening railways that have been closed since Beeching
In Birmingham, rail has recently become the leading mode for commuting – overtaking the car. This makes it the only city outside London where this is true.
Fittingly, the Black Country, synonymous with the heavy industry of the Industrial Revolution, aims to take the lead in building this new science of reclamation.
Andy Street: Anti-Muslim terror and anti-gay protests. The one thing we mustn’t tolerate is intolerance – wherever it comes from.
The New Zealand attack, the Birmingham school protests – and what we’re doing in the West Midlands to build cohesion and resilience.
Devolution has given us the chance to solve the long-standing transport and infrastructure problems which have been holding us back.
Andy Street: Beneficial, healthier, better. Our West Midlands plan to get people out of cars and on to cycles.
“We want to kick-starting a transport revolution that steers our population towards healthier ways of getting from A to B.”
Andy Street: The West Midlands Local Industrial Strategy ensures we are the workshop of the modern world
From transport tech and data-driven healthcare, to creative enterprises and the services sector, we are forging ahead.
We need to take a dynamic new approach to our High Streets with ambitious thinking. The future is not just retail.
In the West Midlands, investment decisions have been deferred. We need to be able to push ahead with new trade arrangements around the globe.
Andy Street: In the West Midlands, inclusion is more than a buzzword. It’s turning our diversity into a strength.
It is a sad and all-too-obvious fact that most of the decision makers I meet in my role as Mayor are people who look like me.
Ultimately, we are working to ‘design out’ homelessness entirely, by helping at-risk people before they get to a crisis point.