In retrospect, I suppose it was inevitable that the entire UK wasn’t going to spend the next two weeks on the edge of its seat about the outcome of the West Midlands mayoral election.
Anyway. What does Theresa May’s decision to call a snap general election on 8 June mean for the metro mayor contests scheduled for 4 May? Will focusing minds on national politics make Tory victories more likely? Is the LibDem fightback really a thing? What’ll it do to turnout?
To help answer these and other equally fascinating questions, I’m joined by two of my colleagues from the New Statesman‘s politics desk, Stephen Bush and Patrick Maguire. If you’ve ever wanted to know Stephen’s views on which preferential voting system is the worst, then this is the podcast for you.
Incidentally, my take on what the general election means for the metro mayors can be found here.