MAYORAL ELECTION: Labour’s Liam Byrne promises to ‘Get things done’
Liam Byrne has set out his priorities should he be elected at Mayor of the West Midlands next Thursday.
He says Andy Street his main rival in the election has failed to deliver and has set out seven key areas for the next term:
- Backing industry, making the West Midlands a world capital of green manufacturing and doubling apprenticeship numbers with free retraining for people who have lost their jobs
- Getting a fair share of funding from central government
- Investing in community life, such as grassroots sport, parks, art, high streets, markets and festivals
- Becoming the "greenest" region in the country, making the West Midlands the UK's first net-zero carbon region and securing 200,000 skilled green trade and manufacturing jobs
- Building more homes, doubling the number of affordable warm homes but building on brownfield land - former industrial land - not the greenbelt
- Supporting young people and cutting knife crime with youth workers in every neighbourhood
- An extra 450 community police officers to boost police numbers in every neighbourhood
The election for Mayor of the West Midlands takes place on Thursday 6 May.
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