‘Do you watch game of Thrones?’ WM Metro Mayor candidates face public questions
Is Andy Street ashamed of being a Tory? Is Siôn Simon indecisive? Why doesn’t James Burn want to rap?
Six candidates are seeking to to become the West Midlands’ first ever Metro Mayor on May 4th, but do they know their Rick and Morty from their Game of Thrones?
We asked them some very serious (and some very light-hearted) questions from the public:
The Mayor will be put in charge of a budget of £1.1 billion over 30 years, to spend on improving the county. The cash is part of the government’s devolution plans, allowing local politicians to decide how money is spent in their area. All seven of the local authority leaders will be board members of a cabinet, which the West Midlands Combined Authority mayor will chair.
Who are the candidates?
James Burn | Green Party
Pete Durnell | UK Independence Party (UKIP)
Beverley Anne Nielsen | Liberal Democrats
Siôn Llewelyn Simon | Labour and Co-operative Party
Graham John Stevenson | Communist
Andy Street | The Conservative Party Candidate
Polls open for voters in Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Sandwell. Solihull, Walsall and Wolverhampton from 7am to 10pm on Thursday 4th May.
For more details about the election and to register to vote go to www.wmcaelects.co.uk