West Midlands Mayor Andy Street was given gifts and hospitality totalling more than £1,300 in just four months, it has been revealed.

And he has also racked up nearly £900 worth of taxi rides over the same period - despite being a vocal advocate of public transport.

The figures have been revealed this week  (Thursday) by the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) , as it published its latest update to the list of mayoral gifts and gratuities, meetings and expenses.

They show that, between October 2018 and February 2019, the mayor was given gifts and gratuities totalling £1,389.98.  Gifts totalled £269.99 while the rest of amount was in the form of catering provided during mayoral business engagements.

Mayor Andy Street
 

This includes drinks receptions, dinners, hampers and personal gifts. One gift, a top-of-the range heart-rate monitor from company Myzone, was declined.

The figures also reveal the amount spent by the mayor on transport between October and February.

Between October last year and February this year the mayor spent an average of £174.57 per month on taxi journeys.

Mayor of the West Midlands Andy Street gets on his bike
 

His transport also included a £1,237.35 train bill and £278.35 on flights to France for a conference.

Documents also provide detail on the meetings attended by Mr Street over those four months, with the mayor attending 218 meetings or events.

Among these were meetings with Lord Heseltine, a prominent Conservative Party politician, and officials from HS2 and the Midlands Engine.