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Daily sets out wish list for patch’s first directly elected mayor

A regional daily has set out a list of 10 demands for its patch’s first ever directly elected mayor.

The Birmingham Mail has issued a front page plea to Andy Street, the Conservative candidate who was chosen as the first Mayor of the West Midlands by voters on Thursday.

Birmingham 10 demands

Among the demands made by the Mail to Mr Street are tackling rough sleeping without “quick fixes”, sorting out traffic congestion and adopting the living wage for his staff.

The newspaper also called for greater transparency and wants Mr Street to publish his diary, list meetings and expenses, and publish reports and data promptly.

Editor Marc Reeves said: “The Birmingham Mail pulled out all the stops to help our readers understand how important this election was, and we saw readers engaging more and more with our coverage as the campaign went on.

“Turnout was 27pc, which was actually much higher than many forecast, and our liveblog of the results on Friday afternoon ranked alongside our referendum and general election coverage in terms of engagement on the website.

“It was therefore clear that we needed to put the new mayor on notice that he owed it to all the people of the West Midlands to deliver on his promises and their aspirations.

“After the general election, we will be focusing our local political coverage on the new office of the mayor of the West Midlands, and will continue to ensure our readers know exactly what he is doing in their name.”


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  • May 11, 2017 at 8:20 am

    I’m confused, is this the front news page?
    or is it a party political wrap by the conservative party’s opponents ?
    It’s hard to tell these days with wraps being published disguised as front pages

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  • May 11, 2017 at 8:41 am

    It’s got the papers masthead above it so it must be a genuine news story and not a paid for advert
    Where’s the confusion?
    …..ah yes,I see

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