The Government’s actions are also a sign of confidence in the combined authority model.
While I support the principle of these zones, a poorly executed plan will bring up the cost of living.
But he looks to be a stronger candidate than he did four years ago, when he first stood to be West Midlands Mayor.
I’ll get back to work the moment the election result is announced.
Plus: The residents of Tunbridge Wells are left with the bill for their council’s Calverley Square vanity project.
This is an ambitious project designed to appeal to the 30 per cent of people here who don’t cycle but say they would like to give it a go.
Whitehall must understand that if an algorithm offers up cherished green spaces to hungry developers, there will be a local backlash.
A proposed transformation would move away from the reliance on big anchor stores and create 1,300 new homes – all on reclaimed brownfield sites.
With the help of government funding, the region is pioneering new technologies to create vital jobs and build more homes.
Giving people greater confidence to return to our high streets is a vital part of the recovery effort.
On this day each year, we celebrate the first steam engine hissing into operation. And retain the decisive vision that powers progress.
Here, the recovery of our automotive and construction sectors is crucial – firms in the region directly employ around 46,500 people.