Liam Byrne, Labour’s candidate for West Midlands Mayor, has backed Erdington’s bid to the Levelling Up Fund saying it will “put the heart back into the High Street”.

The bid, which is currently being drafted by Birmingham City Council and Jack Dromey, MP for Erdington, is the latest attempt to secure investment in Erdington High Street after a bid to the Future High Streets Fund was rejected by government on Boxing Day.

Former Liberal Democrat Mayoral candidate Beverley Nielsen has endorsed Labour’s Liam Byrne to be West Midlands Mayor.

In a major boost to Labour’s campaign in the West Midlands Beverley Nielsen is writing to thousands of Liberal Democrat voters to push the case for Liam Byrne ahead of next months elections.

In the letter former Liberal Democrat candidate Beverley Nielsen says:

Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, Angela Rayner will today visit Birmingham to thank the community heroes who have helped to get us through the Covid crisis as she supports Liam Byrne’s manifesto launch for West Midlands Metro Mayor.

Angela will visit the Share Shack scheme with Liam Byrne, before joining a community meal at the Active Wellbeing Society in Birmingham.

Rough sleepers and homeless people in the West Midlands will have a “Bill of Rights” in the West Midlands if Liam Byrne MP becomes Mayor of the region in May’s elections.

He was speaking during a visit to the Reachout Centre for rough sleepers and homeless people based at the City Road Methodist Church in Birmingham.

“I am deeply impressed by the work that Paul Atkin and his team do for rough sleepers who drop in for a shower and a hot meal.

Liam Byrne MP and Labour’s Shadow Mayor for the West Midlands has received an Astra Zeneca Covid jab. He was among the several hundred people who attended the vaccination centre in the stand at the Warwickshire County Cricket ground.

Byrne said:

“I was very grateful to Nurse Sheila Rooney who carefully explained what would happen and delivered it completely pain free.

“After a ten minute wait I was free to go and have not had any side effects.

Commenting on the Commonwealth Games Legacy strategy published today, Shadow Mayor for the West Midlands, Liam Byrne MP said:

‘These Commonwealth Games will be the best Games ever. But we’ll be judged not just by the medals that we win but by the lives that we change. That’s why this Legacy plan is a welcome first step, but it needs to be far bigger, far bolder, and focused on improving local spaces in easy reach of all, young and old.