In the second piece in our three-part mini-series, the Mayor tells ConservativeHome that freeport status can transform the area.
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We open a three-part series this week on May’s elections, beginning today with the cities that are all-out.
Whoever leads the Conservatives into the next election needs to gamble some of its political capital on winning over young, urban voters.
Greg Taylor: England’s most successful Tory politician won’t be directly addressing the Conference next week.
What really matters is proving that devolution has not stalled under Theresa May’s Brexit-focused government.
More powers for Andy Street in the West Midlands should just be the start.
Michelle Lowe: Social care. May ducking TV debates. Fox hunting. What sank our candidacies in the West Midlands.
We also suffered from CCHQ’s campaigning techniques. Only 50 per cent of our targets we planning to back us. We were knocking up Corbynites.
The Government has heard the message, and is dropping the mayoral requirement for rural counties seeking increased devolved power.
Instead the Party talks about “consolidation”, but is that just a sign that the reforms have no champion left in Number 10?
Andy Street’s victory was just the start of the Conservative advance in this thriving city.
Lord Ashcroft: In the West Midlands, the heads of my Labour-background focus group battle with their hearts
“I just feel worried. I don’t know if I would a hundred per cent want to vote for the Conservatives, because still emotionally I’m attached to Labour.”
A look back at 1997 shows how transient landslides can be. City devolution gives Tories the chance to bed themselves in properly in new parts of the political map.
Nick Timothy is from this Birmingham seat, which could go blue if anyone can be bothered to vote.
One place where there is unlikely to be any dithering is the West Midlands. The prospect of someone like Andy Street becoming mayor is hugely exciting.
Next week’s council elections: The Conservative / Labour battlegrounds – Lancashire, Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire
Will Andy Street adorn the front pages with a broad grin on his face, the newly-elected Conservative West Midlands Mayor?
Andy Street is the right candidate in the right place at the right time.