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Tory Mayor has failed on Channel 4 Relocation

Labour MEP for the West Midlands, Siôn Simon, is calling on the West Midlands Mayor to explain his failure to secure Channel 4 relocation.

Tory Mayor Andy Street pledged to “turn over every stone” to get Channel 4 to the West Midlands.

Throughout the Mayoral election campaign he continually told us his “good connections with central government” were a key reason people should vote for him.

Yet in a speech to the Royal Television Society yesterday, Tory Culture Secretary Karen Bradley rowed back on the government’s previous commitment to move channel 4 outside London.

A deal bringing Channel 4 to the West Midlands could boost the regional economy by £5billion.

Mr Simon said:

“Theresa May’s Tory Mayor pledged to be knocking on the door of Downing Street to get Channel 4 to the West Midlands – but his boast is now in tatters.

“The Tory government is abandoning its manifesto pledge to relocate Channel 4, ignoring the West Midlands once again.

“Since taking office, Andy Street has visited Tory Ministers in London four times more often than Labour Mayors of the other major cities.

“Now it’s clear he wasn’t representing our interests in those cosy chats, but taking his orders. It's clearer than ever that he's the Tory Government's man in the West Midlands.

“On Channel 4, homelessness, congestion and Brexit, the Tory Mayor leaves behind a trail of failure.

“The Tory manifesto clearly stated that Channel 4 would be relocated out of London. This was an open goal for Andy Street. A tap in - which he has somehow managed to balloon over the bar.”

“This is a spectacular and catastrophic failure by the Tory Mayor. Is he even going to comment?”

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