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Wed 26 April 2017, 3 - 8pm

West Midlands Mayoral Debate

West Midlands Mayoral Debate
The Parkside Building , City Centre Campus Curzon Street B4 7XG Birmingham United Kingdom (Map and Directions)
Free to attend
12 Apr 2017 (6:15pm - 8:30pm)
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West Midlands Mayoral Debate

On Thursday 4 May the West Midlands will head to the polls to vote for its first Mayor for the West Midlands, but what will this mean for the region? How far will their powers stretch? What is their vision for the future? And do we even need one? Join us on Wednesday 12 April for our lively debate with the candidates chaired by ITV Central News presenter Bob Warman.

This event is hosted in partnership with West Midlands Combined Universities, Bosch and Birmingham City University.

Joining our panel of experts:

Event Chair: Bob Warman
Bob warman

Bob Warman trained in journalism at the Birmingham Post and Mail. Since, he has worked as a regional presenter on Yorkshire Television. As of February 2009, Bob Warman presents ITV News Central and Central Tonight. Warman has worked at ITV Central since 1973. Warman is a qualified civil engineer.

Andy Street
Andy Street

Conservative candidate

Andy Street grew up in the region, before attending Keble College Oxford to study Politics, Philosopy and Economics. After university he joined John Lewis’ graduate scheme eventually progressing to Managing Director. In 2015 he was awarded a CBE for “Services to the National Economy”. Street has already pledged to secure approval for a new rail route to Moseley and Kings Heath; to start construction on the Metro to Brierley Hill and will agree to extend the Metro to North Solihull. He has also pledged to secure funding for two major road schemes at Birchley Island in Oldbury and Holloway Head in Birmingham city centre.

Beverley Nielsen
Beverly Nielsen

Liberal Democrat candidate

Beverley Nielsen started her career as a policy advisor for the CBI. She then worked for Visnews - where she helped co-ordinate satellite links for the first Live Aid concert in 1985 – before moving to CNN. Nielsen returned to work for CBI spending 10 years as regional director for the West Midlands. More recently, she has worked as a director for Birmingham City University building partnerships between employers and students. She was elected to Worcestershire County Council as a Councillor for the Liberal Democrats between 2009 and 2013. Nielsen has pledged to fight to get a fairer share of resources from national government and that her priority will be funding for housing and infrastructure.

James Burn
James Burn new 1

Green Party candidate

James studied as an undergraduate and postgraduate at the University of Birmingham and has lived in the West Midlands for more than 15 years. He has worked in the private, voluntary and public sector which included working as a policy advisor in local government.James Burn was elected as the Green Councillor for the Chelmsley Wood ward in 2014 and is currently Leader of the Green Party on Solihull Council. James has promised to focus on encouraging low-carbon technology and manufacturing. His plan to help develop a resilient economy is based on providing secure jobs and securing the West Midlands as the home for another industrial revolution.

Peter Durnell
peter durnell

UKIP candidate

Peter Durnell has worked in the computer and communications industry in the West Midlands. Before standing as the UKIP candidate to be the West Midlands Metro Mayor, Peter was the Parliamentary candidate in Warley in the 2015 General Election. His campaign has stressed that his non-political career experience will be useful as the UKIP candidate for the West Midlands Metro Mayor. Peter has promised to oppose HS2, review and adopt measures to improve traffic flow in towns and cities and encourage house building and development. Durnell has also pledged to ensure that his Metro Mayoralty would be transparent and visible to the public.

The talk will start promptly at 6.30pm. We ask that guests arrive for 6.15pm to ensure that the talk starts on time. Unfortunately as these tickets are complimentary we cannot guarantee a seat in the lecture theatre. As it is a free event, people often request more tickets than they need and for this reason we issue more tickets than there are seats available.

We recommend that you arrive early to avoid disappointment as entry to the lecture theatre is on a first come, first served basis.


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