Dear friends,

 

You will have seen the news that the West Midlands Combined Authority has announced it's deal with the Government to see more powers and funding brought to our region.

You can read the Birmingham Post coverage of the news by clicking here:

I have today released a statement on behalf of myself and a number of other Birmingham Labour MPs. You can read our statement below:

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“We want to congratulate our Council leaders who have fought hard and won big – in fact they've won the biggest devolution deal in England.

We will never cease campaigning to stop this Government short-changing us on Council, Police and Fire Service budgets - but we welcome our Council leaders taking a hard-headed view about what is best for the West Midlands.

We believe it would be have been much better if the Government let the region work out its own plans for governance – but we know our Council leaders, ultimately had no choice about accepting a Metro-Mayor in order to get the best deal for residents.

This is a good step forward but it cannot only be the first step. It finally puts powers and money in the hands of local people and local Councillors who know what our communities need far better than faceless officials in Whitehall. It finally gives us the chance to rebuild the West Midlands as the workshop of the world.”

Statement coordinated by Liam Byrne MP on behalf of:

Richard Burden MP
Jack Dromey MP
Roger Godsiff MP
Jess Phillips MP
Khalid Mahmood MP
Shabana Mahmood MP
Gisela Stuart MP