Labour selected their candidate, someone representing everything that's wrong with the current governance arrangements, via an opaque and uninspiring process. In contrast, the Conservatives are selecting our candidate via a series of open primaries, where anyone who's registered to vote in the West Midlands can come along and vote on the selection. You don't need to be a member of any political party - just register, turn up and vote.
Your choice is between Matt Bennett, until recently a Birmingham Councillor and Executive Member for Children's Social Care, and Joe Tildesley, a Solihull Councillor and retired police officer.
The four primaries take place as follows. All start at 7pm prompt:
- 4th July: Erdington
- 5th July: Walsall
- 10th July: Halesowen
- 11th July: Solihull
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to register and for further details.
For more information, read the story on the Birmingham Conservatives website or have a look at Dominic Fisher's article on Conservative Home.