He won narrowly in 2017 in a shock result. Another victory would signify more fundamental political change.
Posts Tagged: Andy Street
Richard Holden: This spring’s local elections. For levelling-up to work, we need local councils and leaders who back it.
The sad truth is that many local Labour councils and local bureaucracies don’t want it: they’re scared of it.
From the start, I have made it very clear that I am a Mayor for the whole region, not just ‘Greater Birmingham’.
An interesting mental exercise is to identify an institution that expands through failure. I can only come up with one – prisons.
The Government got “Brexit done” – and now wants to deliver on its pledge to spread “opportunity across the whole United Kingdom”.
“What will drive levelling up is not necessarily about roads and bridges but getting people ready for the industries of the future.”
Jonathan Werran: The Union and the English question. The answer is to let a hundred localist flowers bloom
The first in a five-part ConHome series this week on the future of the United Kingdom.
From reversing the Beeching cuts to pioneering ‘Very Light Rail’, it shows what a Conservative mayor, working with Government, can do.
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.
Bill Bowkett: The pandemic has shown the value of localism. But the Government seems to be ignoring this lesson.
A hyper-localised approach means decisive action with local residents and businesses in mind.
For too long, the workhorse of public transport has been a poor relation compared to trams and rail.
Robert Jenrick: We’ve made real progress on reducing rough sleeping since the pandemic came – but there’s much more still to do.
This is not an easy issue to solve. Rough sleeping is as much a health issue as it is a housing issue – it is often a crisis of addiction and mental health as well.
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They are simply outdated and, given the financial challenge we now face, the often-suggested online sales tax looks even more attractive.
Johnson is being squeezed between dissenting local authorities, an increasingly divided Cabinet – and fundamental problems with test and trace.