Metropolicy

Metropolicy conducts research and develops policy ideas to support the devolution of powers from Westminster to elected ‘metro’ mayors, such as the Mayor of the West Midlands, Andy Street, and the Mayor of Manchester, Andy Burnham.

Metropolicy operates a branch membership system that feeds into a national coordination unit. The national body supports overall brand development and direction of travel, joined-up thinking, and sharing of best practices across the metro areas so that duplication of effort can be reduced.

Each branch of Metropolicy is aligned with the metro mayor’s area and aims to work closely with each office. Metropolicy holds no corporate political view and does not support any political party – it operates for the benefit of the people and businesses in the areas where there are elected mayors.

Metropolicy aims to be a forward-looking ideas-based organisation that supports business development, personal health and wellbeing, skilled workforce, innovation, and effective use of taxpayers’ money. We also aim to be a strong voice for the metro regions and for further devolution of powers to the regions whilst maintaining the structural integrity of the United Kingdom as a single nation. This is the only issue upon which we will campaign.

Metropolicy is a semi-autonomous policy grouping within Parliament Street.

National Coordination Team

The national coordination team facilities overall brand development, coordination and sharing of best practice and helps branches to avoid duplication of effort. This allows Metropolicy to ensure good ideas are shared across branches, but it is up to a branch to carry out research on an idea to see if it is suitable for their area.

The team is made up of people elected from the branch network who each hold their national position for 2 years. All volunteers, members, and branch coordinators have a vote on who to put into the national coordination team.

Current National Coordination Team

  • Mike Rouse
  • Patrick Sullivan

Branches

Branches are run by a Branch Coordinator who oversees the development of policy ideas and research, which may be carried out by voluntary members of the branch, interns and others. Branch Coordinators are elected by branch members to serve for a 2 year term. There are presently no term limits in place.

  • Greater London
  • West Midlands
  • Greater Manchester
  • Liverpool City Region
  • Tees Valley
  • West of England
  • Cambridgeshire & Peterborough
  • Sheffield City Region

Corporate Membership

Membership of a Metropolicy branch is payable either as a once-yearly sum or spread over monthly payments.  Discounts are available for charities and community organisations.

  • Corporations and businesses: £850 per year
  • Registered charities: £450 per year
  • Educational organisations (colleges, universities): £650 per year
  • Neighbourhood groups, residents’ associations and social housing associations: £450 per year

Membership infers voting rights for branch and national level on a one-member-one-vote basis. Membership also includes an invite to the Metropolicy annual dinner to be held in locations like Cambridge, Birmingham or Sheffield on a rotating basis.

Branches will also organise their own annual dinners, to which the metro mayor will be invited.  Membership also includes a range of benefits that will vary from time to time as deals are negotiated with local businesses in each branch area. Members will also have access to the private Metropolicy Online Forum.