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Who will be mayor? Join the FINAL live debate

Join us as mayoral candidates are put through their paces at Resort World Birmingham on Sunday, April 23

Pollsters have the race for West Midlands Mayor as neck and neck .

Conservative Andy Street and Labour's Siôn Simon are the clear front-runners.

And, if you are one of those voters yet to make up your mind, there is the ideal opportunity to see the candidates put to the test.

The final 'West Midlands Elects' public debate is on St George's Day, Sunday April 23.

Issues such as Birmingham Airport's expansion, high speed rail, the housing crisis and jobs are likely to be on the agenda.

The St George's Day debate is at the Vox Conference Centre, Resorts World at the NEC complex from 4.30pm - and Birmingham Mail readers can snap up free places.

There are 100 places for readers available - although some have already been taken. To join us for the debate:

  • email tmmevents@trinitymirror.com with the title 'Resorts World debate' in the subject area
  • Provide your name and address
  • If you wish to pose a question in advance, you may include this - but it is not essential

Voters in Birmingham, Solihull, Walsall, Dudley, Sandwell, Wolverhampton, Coventry and Solihull go to the polls on May 4 to choose the mayor who will take over a £36 million-a-year budget and oversee investment in housing, transport, economic growth and jobs, skills and mental health services.

All five declared candidates James Burn (Green), Pete Durnell (UKIP), Beverley Nielsen (Lib Dem), Siôn Simon (Lab) and Andy Street (Con) are due to attend. The sixth candidate is Graham Stevenson (Communist) .

Unlike other parts of the country where the mayoral battles are virtually a foregone conclusion, with Labour or Conservative candidates way out in front, our contest is likely to be close.

So voters here can make a real difference to the outcome - and the supplementary voting system, in which two candidates can be ranked in order of preference, means that no vote is wasted.

Andy Street, Beverley Nielsen, Sion Simon, Pete Durnell and James Burn at the Hippodrome

Three debates in the series have already taken place at the Black Country Museum, Coventry Cathedral and Birmingham's Hippodrome Theatre.

West Midlands Mayor your questions answered

The Birmingham Mail website has all the information you need to make an informed choice on May 4.

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