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John Lewis boss confirmed as Tory mayoral candidate

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John Lewis’ managing director Andy Street has been confirmed as the Conservative party candidate to become the first directly elected mayor for the West Midlands.

LGC reported in July how Mr Street, who recently stepped down as chair of the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership, had expressed an interest in the role having refused to rule himself out of the running in an interview with LGC the previous month.

Prime minister Theresa May appeared to be paving the way for Mr Street to be named the Conservative candidate when in August she praised the work Mr Street had done in his capacity as Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP chair.

Mr Street will now get to speak at the start of the Conservative party conference on Sunday before introducing Ms May for her first speech.

An LGC Briefing at the beginning of September highlighted how the Tories were targeting the West Midlands as belief grows in the party that Mr Street could beat Labour’s candidate Sion Simon.

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