Pete is a gifted communicator with the ability to connect with people of all backgrounds.  I have seen him stand firm in the Council Chamber and challenge Tory cuts to local government and address street-level issues on the doorstep with the same dedication and commitment. The common denominator is integrity and authenticity. Pete doesn’t hide his socialist values, but instead wears them proudly and lives by them. 

Pete has been an enormous inspiration to me and has used his position to encourage and develop the next generation of leaders both within Stourbridge Young Labour and in the Labour Group on Dudley Council.  As the Labour Mayor of the West Midlands, I know Pete would open up opportunities to all young people and work tirelessly to close the equality of outcome gaps that Tory austerity has opened in our region.