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Former West Midlands Mayor Andy Street could run for safe MP seat in Birmingham

25 May 2024, 08:59 | Updated: 25 May 2024, 10:00

Andy Street could run for a safe MP seat in Birmingham
Andy Street could run for a safe MP seat in Birmingham. Picture: Alamy
Natasha Clark

By Natasha Clark

Former West Midlands Mayor Andy Street could run for a safe MP seat in Birmingham, his friends say.

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The Top Tory lost his seat after seven years in office earlier this month as a result of the drumming the party got in the local elections.

But LBC understands he’s keen to seriously consider a move to Westminster instead, with Solihull the likely battleground.

After the election was called for July 4, Tories and Labour are both scrambling to fill candidate seats as soon as possible and get out on the campaign trail.

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The former MP, Julian Knight, is standing down at the next election, and is currently standing as an independent.

Sources close to Mr Street said he hadn’t made up his mind yet.

As a former John Lewis boss with bags of business experience, he will likely not be short of offers of jobs to do next.

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Mr Street, who is from Solihull himself, hoovered up votes there in the Mayoral election despite losing to Labours Richard Parker.

A spokesperson for him said: “Following the West Midlands Mayoral election result earlier this month, Andy is taking some time away to consider and assess his options before deciding on his next move.”

Andy Street (left) listens to Labour's Richard Parker speaking as he is elected as the new Mayor of West Midlands
Andy Street (left) listens to Labour's Richard Parker speaking as he is elected as the new Mayor of West Midlands. Picture: Alamy

Labour's Richard Parker has defeated Mr Street in the West Midlands mayoralty election by just 1,508 votes.

After a recount in Coventry, it was confirmed that Mr Parker garnered 225,590 votes to beat Mr Street's 224,082.

On the night, it was perhaps the biggest victory in a series of wins for Labour in the local elections.

Mr Street had attempted to distance himself from the Conservatives during the campaign.

He was a very vocal opponent to his own party's decision to scrap HS2's link from Birmingham to Manchester.

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Mr Street was managing director of John Lewis from 2007 to 2016
Mr Street was managing director of John Lewis from 2007 to 2016. Picture: Alamy

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