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GOING GREEN: West Midlands Mayor candidate wants to create 200, 000 new green jobs in the West Midlands

GOING GREEN: West Midlands Mayor candidate wants to create 200, 000 new green jobs in the West Midlands

Labour’s West Midlands Mayor candidate Liam Byrne says he wants to create 200, 000 new green jobs in the region if elected.

Speaking during a visit to the Dudley test site of the Very Light Railway to mark Labour’s kick off of its local elections campaign, Byrne outlined his ambitious plans for the West Midlands to lead the world in making the country's green future.

He said, “We will tell the world that we have the passion, skills and commitment to make the Green Future. We made the first carbon based industrial revolution, now we can make the zero carbon revolution...our challenge is to go green and create jobs.

“The world market for electric vehicles is worth at least £100 billion and expected to multiply eight times in the next seven years. Jaguar Land Rover and LEVC - makers of the iconic black cab - are already pioneering this new technology which draws on components from throughout the region.”

He set out a five point plan which he believes would mean thousands of jobs would be created including in Birmingham, the Black Country and Coventry. The regional elections are set to take place in May.


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