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April 13, 2017updated 29 Jul 2021 9:31am

Podcast: Shakespeare’s Engine

By Jonn Elledge

This week, CityMetric’s tour of the upcoming mayoral elections takes us to the West Midlands: the annoying name for the multi-centred conurbation that takes in Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Coventry and points in between.

The West Midlands is the most competitive of the major metropolitan regions that will pick their new mayors on 4 May. Indeed, it’s the only one of the big three where we don’t in effect already know the result: right now, according to the polling expert Professor John Curtice, Labour’s Siôn Simon and the Conservatives’ Andy Street are neck and neck.

And so I’ve been to Birmingham to interview them both. Simon tells me about the region’s cultural and engineering heritage; Street talks about his plans to boost the local economy. And, obviously, I make both of them nerd out about trams for a bit.

Before and after those interviews, I’m joined by my colleagues Stephen Bush and Helen Lewis, a Midlands native herself, to talk about the region, the election – and to make some foolhardy predictions for who is likely to win.

If you want to learn more about the West Midlands mayoral election (could happen), you can read my rundown of the candidates here. And here’s my series of articles on the region from last autumn.

The episode itself is below. You can subscribe to the podcast on AcastiTunes, or RSS. Enjoy.

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Jonn Elledge is the editor of CityMetric. He is on Twitter as @jonnelledge and also has a Facebook page now for some reason. 

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