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.
A person can stand for election as Mayor for the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) if:
and meet at least 1 of the following criteria:
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:
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephoning 0121 303 2731.
The address of the CARO (for delivery of nomination papers) is:
The Council House