West Midlands mayoral candidate Andy Street talks about transition from businessman to politician


ANDY STREET has gone from being the managing director of retail giant John Lewis to throwing his hat into the ring for Conservative mayorship of the West Midlands within months. The businessman from Birmingham is hoping to seize control of the region’s £36.5 million a year budget in May to spend on infrastructure such as better roads or rail links and other priorities. But first, he needs to convince 2.5 million voters that he’s the man for the job. Street has just returned from a whistle-stop visit to India and Pakistan to discuss trade and investment into the West Midlands.…

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