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Sion Simon launches West Midlands Mayoral bid

Sion Simon has today launched his West Midlands Mayoral bid with Tom Watson, the MP and deputy leader of the Labour Party.

He has spoken to around 150 people from across the West Midlands.

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Ukip challenge for Stoke-on-Trent Central seat

Ukip West Midlands MEP Bill Etheridge. Credit: PA

Our political correspondent Alison Mackenzie has been given some inside information on the next potential candidate to fill the Stoke-on-Trent Central seat.

It suggests that if UKIP Leader Paul Nuttall does not become the Ukip candidate for the Stoke-on-Trent Central seat, Ukip West Midlands MEP Bill Etheridge could be.

It comes after Labour's Tristram Hunt stood down last week to take up the role of director at the Victoria and Albert Museum.

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