Voters from Birmingham, Solihull, Coventry and the Black Country go to the polls on May 4 to elect the regions first London-style mayor. The new mayor will chair the newly formed Combined Authority (WMCA) and take responsibility for region wide transport, housing, economic growth and skills.
Other candidates have already pitched policy proposals such as freeing up the M6 Toll Road, reopening the Camp Hill rail line, extending the Midlands Metro and jobs and training guarantee for all young people.
“However we are stuck with them for the present, and so need to make them work as best we can, to get the best ‘bang for our buck’. I am extremely proud of this region, and wold love the opportunity to be able to help shape its future and fulfil its huge potential.”
He now joins Conservative Andy Street, Labour’s Sion Simon, Lib Dem Beverley Nielsen and the Green Party’s James Burn on the expanding candidate list.
Mr Durnell, who is a computing consultant, said: “UKIP have been opposed to WMCA, Metro Mayor and HS2, and we still have grave reservations about all three.