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Integration: how metro mayors can lead the way

Set an example for ministers to follow

By Sunder Katwala  

New West Midlands Mayor Andy Street © Matthew Cooper/PA Wire/PA Images

Commentators struggled to separate the mayoral elections on 4th May, in six new city-regions across England, from the general election that will follow a month later. We heard more about what surprise Conservative wins in the West Midlands and Tees Valley mean for Jeremy Corbyn and Theresa May than for local residents in Birmingham and Darlington.

Yet those new mayors Andy Street and Ben Houchen—as well as Andy Burnham in Greater Manchester, Steve Rotheram in Liverpool, Tim…

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