News - 25 April 2024

One week to go: on Thursday 2 May people in our region will decide who leads a £4 billion boost for the East Midlands

The first ever election for a mayor for the East Midlands – the whole of the D2N2 LEP region – will take place in just one week’s time, on Thursday 2 May.

The six candidates are (in alphabetical order):

Frank Adlington-Stringer (Green)

Ben Bradley (Conservative)

Alan Graves (Reform UK)

Matt Relf (Independent)

Helen Tamblyn-Saville (Liberal Democrats)

Claire Ward (Labour)

If you didn’t manage to get to one of the hustings events, the BBC broadcast a debate with all six candidates last night: BBC iPlayer – A Mayor for the East Midlands.

Derbyshire, Derby, Nottinghamshire and Nottingham have opened the door to a massive investment in transport, skills, housing and the environment after securing a deal for a new combined authority – the East Midlands Combined County Authority (EMCCA).

EMCCA has been formed by Derbyshire County Council, Derby City Council, Nottinghamshire County Council and Nottingham City Council, and will be led by a mayor, similar to areas like the West Midlands, Greater Manchester and South Yorkshire.

The mayor will have new powers and resources to begin a long-term process of growing the region’s economy by investing in skills that lead to better jobs, transport that works better across the region, housing where it’s needed, and an economy equipped to deal with net zero.

Its small team will have specific responsibilities – housing, skills, transport and the environment – and the transfer of powers means it will be doing work previously carried out by government. It will collaborate with councils and will not duplicate what they do or provide services that are best delivered locally.

It’s really important to have your say on 2 May – please do get out and vote!

For more information about the campaign and how to vote visit

www.voteeastmidlandsmayor.co.uk

You can also keep up to date with news and information on social media:

#VoteEastMidsMayor – Facebook EastMidsCCA,

X @EastMidsCCA,

Instagram @EastMidsCCA,

LinkedIn East Midlands Combined County Authority

YouTube @EastMidlandsCCA

 

D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) covers the Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire region, convening the businesses, universities, colleges and local authorities in our region to drive low carbon, economic growth and productivity, skills & careers, inclusion and delivery excellence. The D2N2 LEP team and functions will transition into the East Midlands Combined County Authority during 2024.

For media enquiries, contact:

Nicola Swaney

Head of External Affairs, D2N2 LEP

Nicola.Swaney@d2n2lep.org

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