The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) took its ambitious programme of growth and public service reform to Parliament last week. Business leaders, together with partners from the education, voluntary and public sectors, joined Peers, MPs and Councillors from across the region to hear more about the radical plans of the emerging combined authority.
Ian Austin MP (Dudley North) sponsored the event and was joined by James Morris MP (Halesowen and Rowley Regis), Cllr Bob Sleigh (Solihull MBC), Chair of the WMCA Shadow Board and Stewart Towe CBE, Group Chairman, Managing Director of the Hadley Group and Board member of the Black Country LEP.
Councillor Bob Sleigh, Chair of the WMCA Shadow Board, commented:
“It was clear to see the firm commitment from all sectors to work together. The support for the WMCA crosses party lines and demonstrates the strong public and private sector partnership we have already forged.
We look forward to growing these relationships across the region as we work together to drive forward our plans to build a stronger economy, create new jobs, quicker transport links and improved public services.
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The Parliamentary speeches delivered by Stewart Towe and Ian Austin MP, as well as photographs from the event can be found here