Mayor of the West Midlands

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Mayor of the West Midlands
Mayor of the West Midlands Logo.svg
Andy Street.jpg
Incumbent
Andy Street

since 8 May 2017
StyleMr Mayor
AppointerElectorate of West Midlands
Term lengthFour years
Inaugural holderAndy Street
FormationCities and Local Government Devolution Act 2016
Salary£79,000[1]
Websitewww.westmidlandscombinedauthority.org.uk

The Mayor of the West Midlands is a directly elected political post responsible for the metropolitan county of the West Midlands in the United Kingdom. The mayor chairs the West Midlands Combined Authority, and covers the Birmingham metropolitan area and Coventry. The first election took place on Thursday 4 May 2017. Andy Street, the inaugural mayor, will hold office for three years, with the term length being four years after the first mayor.[2]

Powers and functions[edit]

Homes and Land[edit]

The mayor will have devolved compulsory purchase powers, and be responsible for the West Midlands spatial framework and land commission.

Transport[edit]

The mayor will be responsible for franchised bus services, allowing for standardised fares and branding on all bus services in the county, similar to how London's bus network operates.[3] The mayor will also, ultimately, be responsible for management of the West Midlands Key Route Network, which is to be managed by Transport for West Midlands on behalf of the mayor.[4]

Devolution[edit]

The mayor will be responsible for ensuring the first devolution deal is put into action, as well as acting as a strong voice on behalf of the region on negotiating future devolution deals with central government.[5]

List of Mayors[edit]

Colour key
(for political parties)
Name Picture Term of office Elected Political party Previous occupations
Andy Street Andy Street.jpg 8 May 2017 Incumbent 2017 Conservative Former managing director of John Lewis

Timeline[edit]

Timeline
Andy Street

References[edit]

  1. ^ Elkes, Neil (22 February 2017). "Find out how much the West Midlands Mayor will be paid". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 27 February 2017.
  2. ^ Walker, Jonathan (2 October 2016). "Tory West Midlands mayor candidate Andy Street says he can win". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 27 February 2017.
  3. ^ "WMCA Devolution Agreement: Key Points" (pdf). West Midlands Combined Authority. Retrieved 27 February 2017.
  4. ^ "Freight & Highways". Transport for West Midlands. Retrieved 27 February 2017.
  5. ^ "West Midlands Combined Authority - FAQs". West Midlands Combined Authority. Retrieved 27 February 2017.