Blogs | Liam Byrne MP for Metro Mayor

Liam Byrne, Labour’s Shadow Mayor of the West Midlands, along with the Labour and Council Leaders of each of the 7 local authorities making up with the West Midlands Combined Authority, have written to the Prime Minister outlining their plan for a new ‘Right to Work and Right to Train’ to deal with the regions rising unemployment. 

A fortnight ago I set out the case for a plan to Save Live and Save Livelihoods. Since then, the case for this plan has only grown stronger and stronger. Covid has now claimed the lives of over 40,000 of our citizens including 5,000 in our region - and over 100 of our key workers.


By Tony Kennedy

We need to commit to building a society where power and wealth are shared and we need a plan to achieve this, so the Taskforce will pull together the people, ideas and resources to build a people-powered sharing economy for every community in our region.

Our society will emerge from this crisis and, just as when we have emerged from other periods of collective suffering, we must make sure that we acknowledge that experience by drawing on the way we have come together to embed a new approach to community. Previous generations learned that none of us truly succeed when we leave others behind and that fact has been starkly shown in the last few weeks.

Tonight I want to share some thoughts with you about the future.

Over the last few weeks, as a country and the magnificent seven boroughs of the West Midlands we’ve risen to every challenge this terrible pandemic has thrown at us.

We may be isolating ourselves - but we’ve come together like never before.

Neighbours mucking in to do each others shopping.

IMage of workers' banner

By Cerys Way

May Day has a long tradition in the UK. From the Celtic fire festival of Beltane to the celebration of the May, the start of Summer is a special time. It is also a time that belongs to working people. In the 1880s, processions involving May Queens and Kings started in the Midlands as a way of poor young people raising money for themselves and mocking the aristocracy.