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ITV Central Mayor Bus on tour with five of the candidates

On 4 May 2017 people will be able to vote in the first ever election for a West Midlands Mayor.

The elected Mayor will get new devolved powers when they are elected, and will chair the West Midlands Combined Authority.

We took five of the candidates standing out on our bus and invited voters to quiz them about their policies on transport, housing and business growth.

The ITV News Central Mayor Bus arrived in Brindleyplace in Birmingham for our first stop.

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We were joined by Andy Street for the Conservatives, Siôn Simon for the Labour party, Beverley Nielsen for the Liberal Democrats, James Burn for the Greens and Pete Durnell for UKIP.

Graham Stevenson is also standing for the Communist Party - you can read more about his priorities here.

Siôn Simon, Pete Durnell, James Burn, Andy Street and Beverley Nielsen. Credit: ITV News Central

First questions to the five candidates from the public were on transport and how the region could become better connected.

It was then back onto the bus and onto our second stop - Wolverhampton.

Whilst we travelled through the Black Country, our Political Correspondent Alison Mackenzie got the chance to ask the candidates more about themselves.

The question we now want to know... who would win in a table tennis game between Siôn Simon and Beverley Nielsen?

Here is what they had to say:

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Arriving in Victoria Square in Wolverhampton, our guests then took the opportunity to take a picture with the Mayor Bus before climbing aboard.

They had the chance to ask all five candidates what they would do to help businesses grow in the West Midlands.

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Back on the bus and onto our final stop - the Ricoh Arena in Coventry.

Another opportunity for our candidates to be questioned about the role of the mayor itself and why we need one.

Watch the full video:

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Arriving in Coventry and the question on everyone's lips this time was - housing.

The candidates were asked about their views on building on greenbelt land and how first time buyers can get on the property ladder quicker.

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For more information on all of the candidates just follow on this link West Midlands Mayoral Elections 2017.

You can watch all of our coverage on the mayoral election every night next week (Monday 24 - Friday 28 April) on ITV News Central at 6pm.

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