Extract from the Express and Star:
Siôn Simon, a current MEP and former Birmingham MP, said he was ‘poacher turned gamekeeper’ as he attacked the country’s London-based political system.
Speaking at GTG Training in Wednesfield, Mr Simon said he wanted to ‘take back control’ of the West Midlands.
During a speech in front of Labour MPs, councillors and party members, Mr Simon said West Midlands residents felt the region had ‘gone to the dogs’.
The mayor will be elected on May 4 and will have power over economic development, housing, transport, skills, and mental health.
Siôn Simon said:
"I left the House of Commons and came back to the West Midlands to campaign for devolution and I have been doing it ever since. Call it poacher turned gamekeeper if you like, but yeah, I came to believe when I was in parliament it was not the answer for the community I wanted to represent – working people in the West Midlands."