The Green Party today announced Solihull Council Opposition Leader Steve Caudwell as their candidate for the West Midlands Combined Authority Mayoral race.
Councillor Caudwell said, “It’s a real honour to be chosen by the Green Party to be our candidate for Mayor of the West Midlands in 2021.
“The Midlands is the beating heart of Britain’s manufacturing economy, we’re a region with so much potential – but it’s clearer than ever that the current leadership is failing to tackle the big problems of our time.
“When it comes to cutting carbon pollution, the science is clear that we must have ‘balanced our books’ by 2030 to avoid the worst consequences of the climate emergency; but the current Mayor Andy Street insists on working to a leisurely timeline that will see us achieve this eleven years’ late – and it’s not even clear that we’re on schedule to hit that date. As Mayor, I will bring in the 2030 target we need to have a chance of averting the to have a chance of avoiding the massive disruption to our way of life that’s heading toward us.
“The need to meet 2030 is also a massive opportunity for our region to become a Green economic powerhouse. A genuinely Green Industrial Revolution can bring our poorest out of poverty, but only if we take the problem seriously. Our current Mayor has presided over an increase in child poverty since 2017 – I will do what it takes to give dignity and hope back to our residents.
“And we won’t meet 2030 without a public transport network we can actually use – we hear a lot of promises and plans from Andy Street but we don’t see action. I will deliver the integrated system we all need to help us leave the car at home.”
Councillor James Burn, the Green Party’s candidate in 2017, said, “I am thrilled that Steve has been selected as our candidate. Since 2017 the Green Party has grown massively, and we have become known for our principled and evidence-led approach to making policies that work to make life better for ordinary people and that tackle the climate crisis.
Last time around Andy Street promised that we could judge whether or not he’d been successful by how far he had tackled the levels of poverty that scar so much of our region. In the main, he’s just delivered more of the same economics that have delivered more of the same results – a society that’s divided, where life is just too difficult for too many people and nearly two from every five children are living in poverty. At the same time, we are seeing more and more people sleeping rough on the streets. Steve will make sure the Combined Authority’s plans work for ordinary people. He will make sure we build thriving communities and an inclusive economy rather than rely on money trickling down from the super-rich.”