What should the Mayor do on skills & housing?

Skills is a significant issue for the West Midlands but it’s structural and deep seated nature means 100 days of Mayoral activity is only the start. Solutions are long term and require fundamental changes to the regional economy, labour market and delivery structures. It’s vital the Mayor puts in place a programme of change that … Continue reading “What should the Mayor do on skills & housing?”

May I be so Bold? A Plan for the New West Midlands Combined Authority Mayor

This post was written by Chris Bouch for Urban Living Birmingham. When one looks at Andy Street’s potted history on Wikipedia, it is difficult not to be impressed: Oxford; past Managing Director at John Lewis Partnership; past chair of the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership; Commander of the British Empire for services to … Continue reading “May I be so Bold? A Plan for the New West Midlands Combined Authority Mayor”

YouGov called the election right. How?

  This General Election has been full of surprises. So I’ve been digging into the YouGov MRP voting model, pretty much the only one that got the 2017 Election result correct. Given all the current humble pie and book eating by pundits who didn’t spot the result coming, this seems worth doing. I also think … Continue reading “YouGov called the election right. How?”

After the [Metro Mayor’s] Election is Over……..

In this blog, Mike Grace from Birmingham City University reflects on the election of the West Midland’s first Metro Mayor. The 4th May 2017 has come and gone and Andy Street is the first and the new Mayor of the West Midlands Combined Authority. Congratulations, as it must have been difficult to pitch for this … Continue reading “After the [Metro Mayor’s] Election is Over……..”

What should be at the top of the agenda of the next UK government?

With the UK election on the 8th June nearing, City-REDI’s Professor Simon Collinson proposes what he thinks should be the top 3 priorities for the next UK government once in post. In this short video, Professor Simon Collinson speaks about the need for the next UK government to be getting the Brexit negotiations right, taking seriously a regional … Continue reading “What should be at the top of the agenda of the next UK government?”

Conservatives talk tough but bring nothing new on immigration

The Conservatives commitment to controlling immigration has regularly been questioned after they repeatedly failed to meet their net migration target. Now, the party’s election manifesto outlines its immigration policies for the next parliament, and how they would be implemented. The Conservatives are proposing to keep their “ambition” of delivering annual net migration in the tens of thousands, which … Continue reading “Conservatives talk tough but bring nothing new on immigration”

Last day to register to vote! Why be bothered?

In this blog, City-REDI’s policy and data analyst Tasos Kitsos discusses economic insights on voting. Claxon! Last day to register to vote! It takes more time to read this blog than register to vote so if you only have 5 minutes, I’d rather you spend them here and ignore the text below. There are tens … Continue reading “Last day to register to vote! Why be bothered?”

“Article 218(11) TFEU, Opinion 2/15” or “Herding European Cats” and Post-Brexit Negotiations? The European Commission and the Negotiation of Free Trade Agreements

The following piece was written by City-REDI’s Prof. John Bryson. Managing academics is often described as a process that is more akin to herding cats – in other words, academics are impossible to manage, or perhaps very difficult to manage and their management is perhaps more akin to a process of negotiation. The more parties … Continue reading ““Article 218(11) TFEU, Opinion 2/15” or “Herding European Cats” and Post-Brexit Negotiations? The European Commission and the Negotiation of Free Trade Agreements”

The United Kingdom – Free Trade Nation or Foolish Nation? Beyond the Limitations of the Brexit Debate

The following piece was written by City-REDI’s Prof. John Bryson. I returned from Singapore recently having missed the media discussions of the results of the UK local elections. Nevertheless, the papers, radio and television are saturated with coverage of the June general election and Brexit. As I write this, the radio is on in the … Continue reading “The United Kingdom – Free Trade Nation or Foolish Nation? Beyond the Limitations of the Brexit Debate”

General Election 2017: Edgbaston Constituency Candidate Hustings

Local residents will have the chance to question the candidates standing for the Edgbaston seat in the General Election at our hustings taking place from 18:00 – 19:30 on Tuesday 30 May in the Elgar Concert Hall, Bramall Music Building. Following 20 years as the constituency’s MP, Gisela Stuart (Labour) is stepping down from Parliament … Continue reading “General Election 2017: Edgbaston Constituency Candidate Hustings”