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Labour Candidate Backs Chambers’ Mayoral Manifesto

IMG 5616The region’s three Chambers of Commerce are “key institutions in the new West Midlands that is unfolding”, according to the Labour candidate in the forthcoming Mayoral election.  

Siôn Simon gave his backing to a “manifesto” drawn up by Black Country Chamber of Commerce, Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce and Coventry & Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce ahead of the election on 4 May.

He said: “I want to build a West Midlands where if you work hard and do the right thing, you can get on life once again; earn a decent wage; find a place you can call home; rely on good local schools and a strong NHS.

“To create this West Midlands, we need a dynamic business sector, which has its voice diligently articulated. With this manifesto being an important contribution, the region’s Chambers of Commerce are key institutions in the new West Midlands that is unfolding. Let’s pull up our sleeves and work together on this.”  

The blueprint, entitled Business Priorities 2017: Vision for a West Midlands Mayor, sets out the priorities and actions the Chambers would like to see a West Midlands Mayor deliver on.

They are:

  • Providing vision, leadership and promotion
  • Making the west midlands the best possible place to do business
  • Developing world-class transport infrastructure
  • Ensuring a skills ecosystem fit for the future
  • Fostering a greater place to live, work and visit
  • Leading the region through Brexit

It was written in a partnership between the three Chambers and developed in consultation with their members.

Conservative candidate Andy Street and UKIP candidate Pete Durnell have also voiced their support for the Chambers’ manifesto.

On the 4 May, voters across Birmingham, Walsall, Sandwell, Dudley, Coventry, Solihull and Wolverhampton will head to the polls to elect the region’s first Mayor. The Mayor will chair the recently formed West Midlands Combined Authority and hold specific powers over strategy, budget setting and transport.

More information on Business Priorities 2017: Vision for a West Midlands Mayor can be found by clicking here. Black Country Chamber of Commerce are also principal partners in West Mids Elects; please click here for more information.

Last modified on Tuesday, 18 April 2017 09:44

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