Exclusive: West Midlands mayor Andy Street pleads for clarity to avoid ‘unedifying’ battles

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Andy Street, the Conservative mayor of the West Midlands, has urged the government to approach lockdown talks “straightforwardly” and to end “unedifying” public battles with regional leaders.

Following a week of fury from leaders across the north of England, Street said conducting public rows with mayors such as Greater Manchester’s Andy Burnham would not give “anyone any confidence or certainty” ahead of a winter of social curbs.

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Tory mayor urges government to be 'straightforward' in tier 3 talks
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