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.
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Andy Street is the Conservative candidate for the West Midlands mayoralty, and a former managing director of John Lewis.Follow @
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.
Former service personnel of working age are nearly twice as likely to be unemployed as those in the UK general population.
Nevertheless, tax alone won’t solve our challenge. Instead we must reshape the high street experience – as we’re starting to do in the West Midlands.
Andy Street: Here in the West Midlands, there’s a new kind of politics developing. We call it Urban Conservatism. And it’s winning.
Our new fortnightly columnist on a renaissance which “through teamwork and shared vision, is producing real results”.
Andy Street: Next Thursday, we can make history here in the West Midlands. This is your chance to be part of it.
It’s about leadership; it’s about making a success of Brexit, and it’s about ending that litany of Labour failure.