Pete Durnell


UKIP candidate for West Midlands Metro Mayor.

Candidate Statement

My Priorities:

Economic Growth:

  • Concentrate WMCA policies on supporting small and medium sized businesses
  • Ensure our communities and businesses are at the forefront of the Government’s high-speed fibre broadband rollout program


  • Trial reduced HGV charges on M6 Toll road to encourage HGVs to switch
  • Continue to oppose the £70bn ‘London commuter belt extension’ (HS2)


  • Focus on identifying and refurbishing empty houses
  • Focus on converting empty shops and offices into affordable housing
  • Incentivise preparation and use of brownfield sites, protect our green belt


  • Identify and ensure that our colleges provide courses in the key skills local employers need
  • Champion the introduction of greater flexibility in our education system

Mental Health

  • Ensure Mental Health provision given equal priority and status to Physical
  • Ensure ‘ringfenced’ funding for Mental Health becomes truly ringfenced

About Pete

Pete gained an honours degree in Computer Science at Coventry (Lanchester) Polytechnic in 1985, and has lived in Oldbury since commencing his first employment as a trainee with Bass in West Bromwich.

In the intervening years Pete has worked in IT management and consultancy, largely as a troubleshooter and problem solver for a number of Blue-Chip companies.

Pete has represented UKIP in elections a number of times, increasing UKIP’s share of the vote on every occasion. Most recently he was a candidate in the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner election where he received more than 93,000 votes, approximately 17% of the total cast.

Pete is a big cricket fan, and has opened the bowling for his local team for the last twenty five years.

He says his body reminds him of this fact every morning.