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Andy Street selected as Conservative candidate for West Midlands Mayor

29 September 2016

In September 2016, Andy Street (1981) was selected as the Conservative candidate for the West Midlands Mayoral election taking place in May 2017. This will be for the region's first directly elected Mayor.

A proud ‘Brummie’, Andy has been the Chair of the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP) since 2011, helping to build the relationships that have underpinned the economic growth of the region. Andy was also the Managing Director of John Lewis, a position he had held since 2007, but has stepped down in order to dedicate his time to the campaign.

At the Conservative Party Conference held in Birmingham during October, Andy set out his plans to make the West Midlands an even more prosperous and successful part of the country.

Andy Street said: “I am honoured to have been selected as Conservative candidate for the position of West Midlands Mayor.

“With the backing of local members, the journey starts here. Next May, voters across the seven cities and boroughs which make up the Combined Authority will face a critical election.

“It will determine how we create wealth here, and what type of society the West Midlands will become. I promise to work tirelessly to convince voters that I am the man to lead us through these decisions.

“The opportunity we now have is unprecedented. Our economy is being renewed, but we have much more to do to ensure everybody feels the benefit. Our mission is therefore to build the economic powerhouse of Britain in an inclusive way.

“That will need leadership from somebody who has a proven record, can bring people together, and can represent us with passion. This election needs to go beyond traditional political loyalties, and I look forward to seeking voters' support for the job ahead."

The election will take place on Thursday, 4 May 2017. Other candidates include Siôn Simon (Labour) and Beverley Nielsen (Liberal Democrat).

Read more about Andy's campaign on Twitter @andy4wm