A fair funding deal for the West Midlands
Extract from the Birmingham Mail:
Labour candidate for West Midlands mayor Siôn Simon will launch his campaign in Wolverhampton today with a patriotic rallying cry for a fair deal for England.
The former Erdington MP will demand English regions like the West Midlands get as good a devolution deal and share of national funding as Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Mr Simon, who is a West Midlands Euro-MP, says England has been ‘short-changed’ by Governments over many years and believes that is why many English voters have rejected the Labour Party in recent years.
Siôn Simon said:
"Labour is the party of working men and women in England. It was always so. But it will not always be so unless English people, particularly in hard-pressed urban areas, start to feel they’re getting their fair share of the national pie. I will fly the English flag in the West Midlands. We have put up with this unfairness for too long."
“The convergence of Brexit with a new era of regional government in 2017 brings an opportunity to do something about the UK’s incredibly unfair funding system. In the heart of England, we deserve our fair share of the national pie."