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Siôn Simon launches manifesto to be West Midlands Mayor

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‘Labour manifesto commits 8,000 new apprenticeships from infrastructure investment into the West Midlands’ – Siôn Simon

Siôn Simon, the Labour candidate for West Midlands Mayor, will today launch his manifesto committing to 8,000 new apprenticeships for young people in the West Midlands.

Launching his manifesto during visits to all seven West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) areas – Birmingham, Dudley, Coventry, Sandwell, Solihull, Walsall and Wolverhampton, Mr Simon will say that delivering one apprenticeship for every £1million of investment is a signal that government and business is serious about securing a better future for the next generation of young people in the West Midlands.

The West Midlands Combined Authority has agreed £8 billion of investment for new infrastructure projects, including High Speed 2. As West Midlands Mayor, Mr Simon will use new contracts for infrastructure projects to require companies to provide the new apprenticeships.  

Launching his Manifesto, Mr Simon will say:

“People ask me: what’s this new Mayor role all about? For me, it’s about restoring our pride and our place in the world. It’s about taking back control of our region – because if we run it ourselves, we can do a better job of it than politicians in London.

“It’s about building our future with the pride of our past. It’s about us. It’s about getting the tools that we need to do something about the problems we face. And that means we can do something about the plight of youth unemployment here. The £8billions investment programme should deliver us one apprentice for every £1millions spent. And if I am Mayor, that’s what we’ll deliver.”

Mr Simon will visit South & City College in Birmingham with Birmingham City Council Leader Cllr John Clancy, where he will set out his plans for transport, amongst other key pledges. Mr Simon will say:

Mr Simon will say:

“I’ll cap bus and tram fares at £4.40 a day, double the tram network, deliver new stations for Moseley, Kings Heath and East Birmingham - and boost Birmingham Airport to create 167,000 new jobs

Visiting Henley College with Colleen Fletcher MP, Mr Simon will discuss the government’s decision to block funding for 13 of 16 West Midlands colleges (including 3 in Coventry) and reveal his plans for Coventry.

Mr Simon will say:

“I’ll jump-start stalled plans for Friargate, helping to create 15,000 new jobs.

“Sorting out our transport system is at the heart of my plan for Mayor. So I’ll cap bus and tram fares at £4.40 a day, and develop plans for Very Light Rail to Birmingham Airport and High Speed 2.

“It makes no sense to reduce the rail links between Coventry and London, so I’ll fight to keep three fast trains an hour to the capital.”

Visiting Dudley College with Ian Austin MP, Mr Simon will reveal his new plan for a technical university campus in Dudley

Mr Simon will say:

“The Black Country lit the spark that fired the Industrial Revolution, changing not just the West Midlands or even Britain, but the whole of the world. That’s why we will take back control of skills budgets and work with Dudley College to deliver more apprenticeships, higher and technical apprenticeships and contribute to a £30 million university centre - a new, university-level technical and hi-tech manufacturing centre in the heart of the Black Country that will make Dudley a national leader of skills in vehicle propulsion, rail systems, digital engineering and more.”

On visits to Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton to join his supporters canvassing voters, Mr Simon will set out his plan for reclaiming brownfield land to create jobs and housing across the Black Country.

Mr Simon will say:

“My goal will be to create a £500 million fund to clean up derelict sites so we can get building again. New homes and new jobs for people in the Black Country. And an expansion of i54 as part of that programme.

“And as Mayor, my plan for transport will mean a cap on bus and tram fares at £4.40 a day, new trams connecting Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton to Birmingham Airport & HS2, new trams from Wednesbury to Dudley town centre and Brierley Hill - and nationalising the M6 toll road to get the West Midlands moving again.”

And completing his Manifesto launch visits in every one of the seven local authority areas, Mr Simon will join supporters in Solihull to promote his transport plans

Mr Simon will say:

“We will double the size of the tram network connecting North Solihull to Birmingham Airport and HS2.”


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