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The West Midlands mayoral contest was set to take place on May 7, 2020. However, it was postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. With the election time being changed it is hard to predict the outcome. But, West Midlands mayoral election odds still expect a tight race between the incumbent Andy Street and Labour’s Liam Byrne.
The West Midlands mayoral election is of high significance, as West Midlands is the second most populous city-region in the country after London. The election was the first to take place after Brexit, but it will likely move to the same day when other local elections are held in England. Online sportsbook news sites in the United Kingdom claim the London, West Midlands, Greater Manchester, and Teeside mayoral elections have all been postponed to 2021.
An extra year might dramatically change the outcome, but West Midlands Mayoral election odds indicate it will still be a two-horse race. You should choose between the Labour MP for Birmingham Hodge Hill Liam Byrne and the Conservative incumbent Andy Street. But before picking your favorite, have a look at our review about 22BET Sportsbook.
Liam Byrne has the entire year of campaigning
The MP for Birmingham Hodge Hill since 2004 Liam Byrne received endorsement by the Labour Party in February. It was a very late endorsement, but now he will have the entire year to introduce his campaign. He is focusing on tackling homelessness and knife crime in the region. Besides, he promised to turn the West Midlands into the world center of green manufacturing jobs.
Two factors will play a big role in West Midlands mayoral election odds for Mr. Byrne. First, the note he left in the Treasury following Labour’s 2010 election defeat, in which he apologized that there was “no money left”. Second, Labour’s new national leader who will be determined soon. Will the new Labour leader help Byrne win the election? It is possible as the odds are 137/50 at 22bet sportsbook.
Andy Street needs to increase his popularity
The incumbent mayor for West Midlands, the Conservative Andy Street has been holding the post since 2017. He will enjoy an extra year of his term, which will determine his 33/100 odds to be re-elected. However, Mr. Street faces several challenges including people’s reactions after one year of Brexit and several months hopefully after the end of coronavirus pandemic. Besides, the majority of people do not know that Mr. Street is the mayor according to a recent survey. And, they are unable to name a single policy achievement from him.