Steve Caudwell - Green Party candidate for West Midlands Mayor 2021
The Midlands can be the engine room for the UK's fight against the Climate Crisis; but this will only happen with the right leadership. We need Steve Caudwell to be the Green Party Mayor for the West Midlands in 2021 - and we need your help to get there.
Steve is the perfect choice to be the first elected Green Party Mayor for the West Midlands. He's a major project delivery specialist, who has successfully managed multi-million pound budgets for Jaguar Land Rover, Airbus and the Department for Education. He was raised by working class parents in Bristol and has had a huge range of life and work experience, ranging from the civil service through to retail, hospitality and construction work.
Steve is the opposite of a career politician, but he also knows how to perform in the political arena. He's unafraid of standing up for those who need help, and is comfortable speaking truth to power. Here's a clip of him 'reading the riot act' to officers and cabinet member at Solihull Council recently:
Pushing the Agenda on the Climate Emergency
Steve is the leader of the Green Group of councillors on Solihull Council - one of the largest Green groups in the country and the main opposition to the Conservative administration.
The Solihull Green group was instrumental in forcing their council to adopt a Climate Emergency declaration in 2019; after many months of pressure and several debates in the council chamber the Administration finally passed a motion for the council to become carbon neutral by 2030.
But this fight isn't over - the West Midlands Combined Authority is still sticking to its own 2041 declaration, which is much too late in the face of the latest scientific evidence. As the Green Party Mayor of the West Midlands, Steve will redefine the thinking on the Climate Emergency and make sure the WMCA is putting Climate Action at the heart of every key decision.
Fighting for a Fairer Future
The battle to save our planet can't be won if our people can't survive and look after themselves and their families. The Combined Authority is failing to lift people in the West Midlands out of poverty - numbers have gotten worse since the 2017 Mayoral Election and that has to change, now.
Steve's pledge as Mayor is to strive towards a West Midlands where no one is destitute; where no more than 10% of people are living in poverty at any one time, and no-one is in poverty for more than two years. It's only with this level of commitment that we can make our region work for everyone.
A New Direction for Public Transport
The Midlands is crying out for a world-class public transport network. Cities and regions like London, Manchester, Helsinki, Berlin and many others around the world have systems that put ours to shame. The Mayor's response has been sadly lacking, with no results on through-ticketing, timetable harmonisation or meaningful new provision.
Modal shift is an essential part of the fight against the Climate Crisis - but people won't leave their cars at home and walk, cycle and use public transport whilst the system isn't fit for purpose. Creating a sustainable, accessible and affordable transport system, and where we can get around more quickly, cheaply, pleasantly and conveniently, by using safe 24/7 public transport, is within the power of the WMCA and the mayor. As your Mayor, Steve will use that power.
Why is this year so important?
This is our best ever opportunity to get an elected Mayor in the Midlands. In 2017 our candidate James Burn ran an acclaimed campaign, and we have all the same talent and experience availabe this year. But we've made huge gains since 2017 - we've now got Green Party politicians elected to half of all the councils in the West Midlands region, and in 2019 we elected Ellie Chowns as our first West Midlands MEP.
The voting system is also more favourable. Mayoral elections use something called the Alternative Vote, so voters get to choose two candidates. The idea is that the first choice is for the candidate the voter really wants - the second choice is the tactical vote. This means we have a much better chance of getting first preference votes if we can get the message out that people don't have to vote Team Red to keep Team Blue out (or vice versa).
Also, we can't leave it to Labour to represent the poorest. The Establishment parties are only interested in power, and happily pay any costs to gain it. The Labour candidate is well-known for using seriously unpleasant messaging and tactics to win elections; even though this didn't work in 2017 (when he was Siôn Simon's campaign manager) we can expect more of the same this year. The West Midlands can't take four more years of Andy Street - but it doesn't need four years of Liam Byrne, either. It's time for a new way of doing politics.
We need YOUR help to make this a reality - and to deliver more Green Party wins across the West Midlands!
We’ve launched an urgent campaign to raise funds so we can run our most effective campaign ever. Mayoral elections are incredibly expensive - the deposit alone is £5,000 and with the extra expenses it will cost at least as much again to run an effective campaign.
But the expense is worth it - because while a lot of the media's attention will inevitably focus on the race for Mayor, there are also important elections across the whole West Midlands region - in May there will be key elections in Birmingham, Solihull, and throughout the region that can shape the future of our societies for years to come.
Steve's professional and inspiring campaign will also demonstrate to voters and campaigners throughout the wider Midlands region that the Green Party is the true voice of the voiceless and a political force that is competent, credible and ready for the highest offices.
Only YOU can make this happen
By donating £20, £50 or even more today you can really help make this the most professional and vibrant campaign we’ve ever delivered.
- If 250 people gave just £20 we'd hit our target.
- If just 100 people gave £50 pounds we'd hit our target
- If just 20 people gave £250 we'd hit our target.
We need funds to pay for campaign staff, to produce campaign materials and activist resources, it will go towards videos and social media advertising and the many expenses involved in mounting a campaign on this scale - including training, equipment, websites and so on.
With your support we can keep the pressure on, and push to get Steve elected as the first ever Green Party Mayor of the West Midlands in 2021.
P.S. Because we're a political party...
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Promoted by Margaret Okole on behalf of Steve Caudwell & West Midlands Green Party, all at 114 Kineton Green Road, Solihull B92 7EE.