“We are a region that pioneered radical social reforms, revolutionized public service, created world-class businesses and world changing technologies.
“We are innovators and pioneers, we find new answers and invent new models, and where we see problems we devise our own solutions. We are creative and ambitious, but we are also compassionate and fair. We know, from experience, that we are stronger when we stand together.
“Sometimes people in power, and elected politicians, can become distant and disconnected. I stood for Metro Mayor to make a difference where it really matters – in the place I was born and will always call home.
“My vision is based on a set of core ideas that define what kind of region we want to be – a region that is ambitious, fair, green, connected and together.
“Devolution is our chance to deal with the things that matter most to our City Region and create a future rooted in our shared values and aspirations. It’s about taking back control, making decisions in our own interests and releasing the potential of a region with a rich history and extraordinary character.
“It’s an opportunity that’s simply too important to be squandered. So, let’s grasp it together.”