Midlands Engine chairman Sir John Peace appears to favour Coventry for City of Culture, while forgetting about the equally major bid by the West Midlands city of Stoke-on-Trent…

“Sir John said the Midlands is readying itself for a “golden decade” which will include the arrival of HS2 in 2026. Birmingham has also put its name in the hat to host the 2026 Commonwealth Games and Coventry hopes to be the UK City of Culture in 2021.”

Love the economic optimism, which is probably well justified if we can get a real Brexit. But please let’s not have ‘Greater Birmingham’ try to further sideline or even offload places like Stoke-on-Trent, as the boom happens.