Candidates

Nominations to stand at this election have now closed. There are 6 validly nominated candidates. They are (in alphabetical order):

James BURN Green Party
Pete DURNELL UK Independence Party (UKIP)
Beverley Anne NIELSEN Liberal Democrats
Siôn Llewelyn SIMON Labour and Co-operative Party
Graham John STEVENSON Communist
Andy STREET The Conservative Party Candidate

A booklet containing election addresses for all 6 candidates, as well as other information about the Mayoral Election will be posted to every registered elector in the West Midlands Combined Authority area around the 18th April. In the meantime however, an online version is available here.

Enclosed within this booklet will also be a leaflet with some Frequently Asked Questions. This can be viewed here.

Who can stand for election?

A person can stand for election as Mayor for the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) if:

  • They are 18 or over
  • They are a British, Commonwealth or EU citizen

and meet at least 1 of the following criteria:

  • They are registered to vote in the WMCA area from the date of their nomination onwards
  • They have occupied as owner or tenant land within the WMCA area for a period of 12 months prior to the date of their nomination and the date of the election.
  • Their main place of work for a period of 12 months prior to the date of their nomination and the date of the election is within the WMCA area
  • They have lived within the WMCA area during the 12 months period prior to the date of their nomination and the date of the election

There are specific legal qualifications and disqualifications which must be met if someone wishes to stand. Anyone wishing to stand should seek their own legal advice over whether they are qualified to stand as the Combined Authority Returning Officer (CARO) cannot give advice on a person’s eligibility to stand.

Anyone who wishes to stand will need to provide the following:

  • A completed nomination form
  • 100 signatures of people on the electoral register (at least 10 from each constituent authority)
  • A signed and witnessed consent to nomination form
  • A deposit of £5,000 (will be returned if the candidate receives more than 5% of the valid first choice votes cast in the election)
  • A certificate authorising the use of a registered political party’s name or description (signed by the party’s nominating officer – not required if standing as an independent candidate)
  • A signed request to use a registered political party’s emblem on the ballot paper (if required)

The completed paperwork must be submitted by hand to the CARO at the address given below, no later than 4pm on Tuesday 4 April 2017.

The Electoral Commission has produced guidance concerning standing as a candidate, including how to complete the nomination papers. A set of nomination papers and this guidance can be found here.

Mayoral Booklets

Candidates can have an election address published in the candidate address booklet, which will be sent to all registered electors in the WMCA area before polling day. In order to have their election address included, candidates must have submitted their address to the CARO and had its content approved by the close of nominations (4pm on Tuesday 4 April).

Any candidate wishing to have their address included in the booklet is also required to make a contribution towards the cost of producing the booklet. This contribution has been set at £5,000. Payment must also have been made and cleared by the close of nominations.

Combined Authority Returning Officer (CARO)

The CARO is appointed by the West Midlands Combined Authority and is responsible for the administration of the election. The CARO for the 2017 election is Martin Reeves, Chief Executive of Coventry City Council. Further information on how the election will be conducted can be obtained by contacting: Robert Connelly, Deputy Combined Authority Returning Officer, Head of Electoral Services at Birmingham City Council by email electionsoffice@birmingham.gov.uk  or by telephoning 0121 303 2731.

The address of the CARO (for delivery of nomination papers) is:

The Council House
Victoria Square
Birmingham
B1 1BB