Debating the power of innovation with the West Midlands Mayoral candidates

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Innovation Alliance for the West Midlands

By Jane Holmes, Project and Partnership Manager, Birmingham Science City

Developing the region’s expertise in innovation was discussed earlier this month by candidates for the role of West Midlands Mayor.

Birmingham Science City invited all of the candidates to take part in hustings focused on innovation at the West Bromwich Albion football ground. Four candidates took part: James Burns (Green), Beverley Nielsen (Liberal Democrat), Pete Durnell (UKIP) and Andy Street (Conservatives). The event was chaired by Andrew Sleigh, deputy chair of Birmingham Science City.

Each candidate gave an open address to the audience, highlighting their views on the topic. Every speaker praised the West Midlands for its continuing record in delivering cutting-edge work and products, and preparing itself for the future of science and technology.

Funding was raised as a key issue, with the West Midlands needing to attract more investment into science and innovation. Street noted that there needs…

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