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The West Midlands Mayor

On the 4th May 2017 voters across Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull, Walsall and Wolverhampton elected the first West Midlands Mayor: Andy Street.


Who is Andy Street?

Before becoming the Conservative candidate for West Midlands Mayor, Andy was best known as MD of John Lewis Partnership and Chair of the Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership.

Ahead of the election, Andy Street shared a blog post and recorded messages with the Chambers on his message to the business community:

 
Andy Street

Conservative

You can read his manifesto here

 

How will the GBCC work with the West Midlands Mayor?

Ahead of the election, the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce, in partnership with the Black Country Chamber of Commerce and Coventry & Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce, published Business Priorities 2017: Vision for a West Midlands Mayor.

Throughout the campaign we used this document to promote a pro business agenda with all of the candidates. Andy Street voiced his support for the work (click here for details) and we look forward to working with him to help make his ambitions for the region a reality and ensure a strong business voice is heard within the West Midlands Combined Authority.

What were the results?

The turnout at this election was 26.68%. It was highest in Solihull (33.68%) and lowest in Sandwell (23.27%).

This election used the supplementary voting system. That means each voter was able to select a first and second choice preference. As no candidate received over 50% of the first preference votes, all but the top two candidates were then excluded. The second choice votes of those whose first choice candidate was excluded where then counted and allocated accordingly:

First Preference Votes:
  • Andy Street, Conservative: 216,280 (41.92%)
  • Siôn Simon, Labour: 210,259 (40.75%)
  • Beverley Anne Nielsen, Lib Dem: 30,378 (5.89%)
  • Pete Durnell, UKIP: 29,051 (5.63%)
  • James Burn, Green Party: 24,260 (4.7%)
  • Graham John Stevenson, Communist: 5,696 (1.1%)
After Second Preference Votes Added:
  • Andy Street, Conservative: 238628 (50.4%)
  • Siôn Simon, Labour: 234862 (49.6%)

You can find out more about the results, including how each local authority area voted here.

GBCC Campaign Outcomes

Ahead of the election we launched and promoted an Employer Toolkit aimed at supporting our members in engaging their staff with this election.

We would like to thank GBCC members, our partner organisations and the broader business community for your engagement with this work. See below for a summary of our campaign:

  • Over 150 different twitter users sent 340 tweets using the campaign hashtag #OurWMM
  • 15 GBCC committee members & GBCC staff members shared videos on reasons to vote
  • We produced 10 ChamberLink Magazine & ChamberLink Daily articles raising awareness of the election
  • We published 8 blog posts by the candidates, GBCC staff and GBCC members
  • We published 6 video messages from candidates
  • We joined up with 7 different organisations to promote the election (WMCA, Black Country Chamber of Commerce, Coventry & Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce, West Mids Elects, FSB, IoD, BPS Birmingham)
Examples of GBCC Member feedback

“Just to let you know that your employer toolkit was really helpful. We’ve promoted the mayoral elections internally via a note to all managers asking them to encourage their colleagues to vote and via a Q&A on our intranet”

“I am delighted that the Chamber has taken the initiative to ensure that the workforce of the West Midlands know about the election – and encourage them to turn out to vote on the day.”

If you found the toolkit or the GBCC’s other West Midlands Mayor election activity useful and would be happy to share your thoughts on it please contact Henrietta Brealey on H.Brealey@Birmingham-Chamber.com.