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?
Posts Tagged: West Midlands
He won narrowly in 2017 in a shock result. Another victory would signify more fundamental political change.
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.
There are very, very few shows where you can see life here on your screens, or hear our accents.
It accounts for a larger share of output and a much larger share of productivity growth in poorer regions of the UK
From the start, I have made it very clear that I am a Mayor for the whole region, not just ‘Greater Birmingham’.
“What will drive levelling up is not necessarily about roads and bridges but getting people ready for the industries of the future.”
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.
What a bracing springboard it would be to bounce into the local elections with normality returning faster than expected.
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.
Sajid Javid: Housing First helps to break the cycle of rough sleeping. So let’s scale it up and finish the job.
The Centre for Social Justice’s new report sets out in detail how the programme could be increased from 2,000 to 16,500 places.
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.
It’s striking that the countries that did best during Covid are those, like Taiwan and South Korea, which live under threat of annihilation by their neighbours.
We need to look seriously at how our tax system works and whether the burden is spread fairly across the whole country.