Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce
On 6th May 2021, voters across Birmingham, Walsall, Sandwell, Dudley, Coventry, Solihull and Wolverhampton will once again head to the polls to elect the region’s Mayor and Chair of the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA), writes Raj Kandola, head of policy at Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce.
This is the second ever West Midlands Mayoral Election, the first took place in May 2017 and Conservative candidate (and current incumbent) Andy Street was elected with 50.4% of the vote using a supplementary vote system (see below for more details). The turnout for the first ever West Midlands Mayoral Election was 26.3%.
This current election was due to take place in May 2020, however it was subsequently postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Mayoral Election is also taking place on the same day as other local elections (including councillors in all seven of its boroughs) and the Police & Crime Commissioner for the West Midlands city region.
All registered electors (British, Commonwealth, Irish and European) living in the seven metropolitan boroughs listed above aged 18 or over are entitled to vote in the Mayoral Election.
The candidates standing for West Midlands Mayor are:
Liam Byrne – Labour
Steve Caudwell – Green Party
Pete Durnell – Reform Party
Andy Street – Conservative
Jenny Wilkinson – Liberal Democrats
Click here to find out more about the policy priorities for each candidate
What powers does the West Midlands Mayor have?
Specific Powers that the WMCA Mayor is responsible for:
However, the Mayor is also expected to use a number of ‘softer’ powers in order to bang the drum for the West Midlands and secure funding and investment for the region.
How does the election process work?
The election uses a supplementary vote system, in which voters express a first and a second preference of candidates:
Ultimately, the winning candidate has the support of a majority of voters that expressed a preference amongst the top two.
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What activity has the Chamber undertaken during the Mayoral election campaign?
As an apolitical organisation, the GBCC has been working hard to raise awareness of the elections amongst our members and encourage them to exercise their democratic right. In line with this, the GBCC has undertaken the following activity:
For more information, contact Raj Kandola, Head of Policy at the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce on firstname.lastname@example.org