Success in politics is about delivering the goods. This should provide encouragement to the local associations who fared less well last week.
Posts Tagged: West Midlands
Andy Street: Here in the West Midlands, we’re on the verge of reopening railways that have been closed since Beeching
In Birmingham, rail has recently become the leading mode for commuting – overtaking the car. This makes it the only city outside London where this is true.
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.
John Downer: Scrapping HS2 wouldn’t help the North, it would cut a vital lifeline to the regional economies
Crucial investment in local rail infrastructure isn’t an alternative to the new line, it depends on it.
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”.
You may have thought his speech over the top. (And he may have thought so too.) But politics needs top-flight people who are really good at what they do.
His understated, unpretentious, unexciting style of politics works well in the context of local government. Could it be transposed to Westminster?