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PremierLeague-News.Com - The MP for Birmingham Hodge Hill launched his alternative to incumbent mayor Andy Street's plan in Balsall Heath today

Birmingham news 'Sick of nothing ever getting done' - Brum MP wants to be mayor PremierLeague-News.Com

PremierLeague-News.Com - The MP for Birmingham Hodge Hill launched his alternative to incumbent mayor Andy Street's plan in Balsall Heath today

Birmingham news  'Sick of nothing ever getting done' - Brum MP wants to be mayor PremierLeague-News.Com
07 April 2021 - 15:30

PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Mayoral hopeful Liam Byrne MP has said he is "sick of nothing ever getting done" in the region as he launched his manifesto. Mr Byrne – currently the MP for Birmingham Hodge Hill – said he believes people are “determined to make sure their voice is heard” as he launched his alternative to incumbent mayor Andy Street's (Con) plan of action. The MP and former Government minister was joined by Labour deputy leader and party chair Angela Rayner MP at Balsall Heath City Farm, Birmingham, for the event. Among Mr Byrne’s pledges are to "secure 200,000 skilled green trades and manufacturing jobs" as part of a bid to become the UK's first net-zero carbon region. Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will auto-play soon8Cancel Play now He also wants to double the number of affordable homes, put youth workers in every neighbourhood and start a "decade of investment" into sport, arts, parks, green spaces, high streets, markets and festivals. Speaking at the launch event, Mr Byrne said: “Like everybody else in the West Midlands, I’m sick of nothing ever getting done. “After the year we have had – we have taken such a battering – I don’t want the region just to go back to the way things were before because they weren’t working for people. “We had knife crime going up and food banks running down. So we can’t just go back to that, I want to put our region on a different path for the future. “We can use the power and resources of the mayor to make that happen. That’s why we have spent the last year working with thousands of residents across the region to create what we think is a people’s plan for the region. “Over 10,000 people have put in their ideas and thoughts about what we need to do next together and I think it’s a really ambitious plan that I think we can actually make happen.” Donate money or a laptop for kids who need them With schools closed due to Covid-19, thousands of children in Birmingham are in need of laptops to continue their learning. They are falling behind in their studies through no fault of their own - because they are unable to access lessons being put on by schools. BirminghamLive is supporting efforts, through the Digital Education Partnership, to raise funds and laptop donations to support pupils and get them learning again. You can help Donate money here Donate a laptop here If you have any questions, you can email them here. Elections this year will of course be happening against the backdrop of the pandemic – but Mr Byrne said he is not worried about turnout. He said: “I think it’s going to be OK. We have found on the phone and on the doorstep that people are hungry to vote. “People know there is an election coming and know this is a chance to change the way things are done around here. Get email updates with the latest Politics news The Politics newsletter goes out twice a week and has a selection of our most popular articles, reporting on the latest headlines from the council, parliament ,the latest building developments, transport plans and more. We have you covered.

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. How do I sign up? First just click on this link to our newsletter sign-up centre. Once you're there, put your email address where it says at the top, then tick the Weekly Politics Email updates box. There are other newsletters available if you want them as well. When you've made your choice, hit Save Changes button at the bottom. “I think people are going to be pretty determined to make sure their voice is heard. “So I think we were worried about it but I think everything we have heard from residents over the last two to three months makes me think turnout is going to be quite high.” His manifesto contains a pledge to campaign for a new national Clean Air Act “with powers and new ways to tackle air pollution in our region". Read More Related Articles Oscar challenge to film-makers in mayoral pledge to open new studios in Digbeth Read More Related Articles Nine biggest pledges from mayor Andy Street in promise to 'get region back on track' When asked if this means he would back more Clean Air Zones in the West Midlands, he said: “I think a national Clean Air Act is the framework we need because crucially we do need Government to help us with some of the investments needed in building a zero carbon transport system for the future so more investment in electric buses, Very Light Rail (VLR), making sure we phase out diesel trains. “There is a lot that Government investment can do to decarbonise the transport system and that’s the way we clean the air fastest.” Mr Street’s election material cites a note Mr Byrne left to his successor in the Treasury which stated “there’s no money”. References have also been made online to an article in which Mr Byrne - at the time the immigration minister – used the phrase "hostile environment". Read More Related Articles Bring West Midlands' net zero carbon target forward from 2041 to 2030, says Green mayoral candidate Read More Related Articles KPMG chartered accountant to stand as Lib Dem mayoral candidate Speaking on whether his ministerial experience is a help or hindrance, he said: “My ministerial experience is a huge help. I was given the toughest jobs in Government to do in the Home Office and Number 10 and in the Treasury. “I was the minister that got New Street Station built after years of dither and delay. I know how to get things done and my experience of how Government works at the absolute centre is going to be key to us making much faster progress. “We are wasting time at the moment. We are not using power and resources that we could in a way that strong mayors like Andy Burnham are. It’s time for a different approach.” The West Midlands metro mayor election is currently set to take place on May 6 - having been postponed in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Also running will be Andy Street (Con), Jenny Wilkinson (Lib Dem), Cllr Steve Caudwell (Green) and Tim Weller (independent). Independent candidate Ashvir Sangha has announced he has pulled out of the race.

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