The choice facing voters on May 6 is simple: do we accelerate the progress of the last four years, or do we go back to the old failing approach?
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Andy Street is Mayor of the West Midlands, and a former managing director of John Lewis.Follow @
There are very, very few shows where you can see life here on your screens, or hear our accents.
From the start, I have made it very clear that I am a Mayor for the whole region, not just ‘Greater Birmingham’.
Andy Street: I haven’t raised a mayoral tax during my term, and commit to not doing so if I’m re-elected
It’s not surprising that I do things differently, since I came to the role from a business background, rather than via the world of politics.
From reversing the Beeching cuts to pioneering ‘Very Light Rail’, it shows what a Conservative mayor, working with Government, can do.
Andy Street: A transport revolution is under way in the West Midlands – with the launch of a new bike hire scheme
This is an ambitious project designed to appeal to the 30 per cent of people here who don’t cycle but say they would like to give it a go.
The ‘rules of origin’ requirements give us a chance to reshore much of the supply chain – and the skilled jobs it creates – for our automotive industry.
For too long, the workhorse of public transport has been a poor relation compared to trams and rail.
Completing the regeneration of Longbridge would be a powerful example of Conservative policy actively “levelling up” the economy.
Andy Street: We must do more to save struggling town centres. Tackling business rates is a good place to start.
They are simply outdated and, given the financial challenge we now face, the often-suggested online sales tax looks even more attractive.
Whitehall must understand that if an algorithm offers up cherished green spaces to hungry developers, there will be a local backlash.
Andy Street: It’s time to accept that HS2 is a done deal – part of caring for livelihoods as well as lives in our region
As the short-term economy comes under immense strain, we should support the UK’s biggest single long-term investment.
The devolved Adult Education Budget ensures that every pound delivers more qualifications that employers actually want.
Vulnerable former armed forces members can fall through gaps in the net meant to catch them. We cannot allow this to happen.
A proposed transformation would move away from the reliance on big anchor stores and create 1,300 new homes – all on reclaimed brownfield sites.