McIntyre: Street is a brilliant choice for Mayor

Local MEP Anthea McIntyre has welcomed news that Andy Street is to be Conservative candidate for West Midlands Mayor.

The Conservative MEP for the West Midlands said: "Andy Street is a brilliant choice. He has been an excellent chairman of Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership, he has the experience and clout we need in a mayor and he knows the region inside out.

"He also brings huge business experience, imagination and communication skills."

"I fully support the idea of directly-elected mayors. They can cut through local government inertia and truly work in the voters' interests - but they only work well when you have high-quality people in the role. Andy is of the highest calibre."