Pete Durnell: Political Commentator, Campaigner, Reform UK candidate for Metro Mayor West Midlands 2021



A little about me…

After a long career in IT, as a technician and manager, working for a number of large companies including Bass, Saga Insurance and Accenture, it was time for a change.

I have always had a great interest in politics, so around seven years ago I decided to get actively involved.

I wanted to test the problem solving and organisational skills I had developed in a different environment.

“The world of politics” would definitely prove to be very different, but I have always relished a challenge !


A passionate believer in a strong, independent United Kingdom, I initially got involved in campaigning to leave the EU.

I led the campaign to Leave in Sandwell, and was delighted when two thirds of the people who live here voted “Out”.


Whilst I have a number of issues with the way our departure has been handled, not least the abject betrayal of our fishing industries and coastal towns, and the ridiculous, ultimately probably unworkable “fudge” that is the Northern Ireland Protocol,

  – I believe the way the EU is currently behaving over vaccines, more than justifies our decision to Leave in June 2016.


Nasty, petty, vindicate, spiteful, nonsensical, pathetic.  “Choose your adjective”.

I would suggest most of them could reasonably be used when describing the actions of EU leaders in recent weeks and months.

It’s becoming increasing clear, even to some former “Arch Remainers/Rejoiners”,

 – that we are very much Better Off Out.


Why am l running against Andy Street to become the next West Midlands Metro Mayor in 2021?

First and foremost, I care passionately about the West Midlands.

And I have hated to watch the way it has been run by Labour locally, and Conservatives nationally for the last decade.

I have lived here all my life, I want to play my part in helping the region return to being the thriving “engine of the UK” that it used to be.

We have now returned to  Conservative and Labour parties being very hard to tell apart.

Conservatives want to restrict our freedoms, Labour says “yes”,

 – but they want to see more imposed, sooner, and for them to last for longer.


Despite the fact more than half the adults in the UK have now been vaccinated, and almost everyone in the vulnerable groups, where 99% of fatalities have occurred, most of our personal freedoms have still not been returned.

There is no longer any possible justification for this.

Promises have been constantly broken, goalposts regularly moved.

Not only are people’s live still being greatly restricted and made miserable unnecessarily,

– huge numbers of businesses are on the point of folding, and may well do so before they are permitted to trade properly again.


Our country appears to be being run by a group of scientists who are obsessed with Covid-19, and Covid-19 statistics.

Around 450 people die every day from cancer, the number of deaths from Covid-19 at the time of writing is less than a tenth of this figure. 

And this is just cancer deaths. 

Heart disease, diabetes, suicides, seemingly unbeknown to SAGE, independent SAGE, and the other scientists now determining how we live our lives, or largely don’t live them any more,

 – people are dying from all kinds of other diseases, in far greater numbers than are dying from Covid-19.


Fundamentally I am a libertarian.   I believe that wherever possible, whenever possible, people should be allowed to make their own choices, and that left to do so, they will usually make the right ones.

I didn’t campaign to leave an organisation where a group of unelected, domineering people are clearly desperate to run every aspect of our lives (EU)

 – only to sit back and accept similar, if not even worse from a UK government.

The key difference of course is, we can get rid of UK governments at the ballot box.   

And even if there are no Parliamentary elections until 2024, we can send MPs and the Prime Minister a strong message in local elections, Police and Crime Commissioner, and Metro Mayor elections.

We have this opportunity on May 6th.


There is a lot of evidence from across the globe showing lockdowns make very little difference to the spread of the virus.

I have detailed some of this elsewhere on this site.

What almost no one disputes, because it is so obvious,

 – is that Lockdowns do a great deal of harm.  They make the poorest poorer, and the rich richer.

Young people tend to be less well off than older ones. They are being hit the hardest of all.


Amazon is doing great, smaller shops on the High Street are closed, and may well never reopen. 

This is the reason why the World Health Organisation clearly states that they should only ever be used to avoid national health systems being overwhelmed.

Our NHS is nowhere near this point now. Hasn’t been for some time.

Yet we remain in a third lockdown, which Prime Minister Johnson claimed he was extremely reluctant to impose.


In addition to the “chains around our lives and movement”, our freedom of speech is also being restricted in all kinds of ways.

If I go on to Social Media and say something which contradicts the World Health Organisation’s standpoint on Covid-19,  Facebook or Twitter will either take my comments down, or simply prevent me from using their platforms in future.

Yet governments can totally ignore WHO recommendations, as ours is doing by continuing with lockdown until mid-June. 


Whilst they don’t have a huge amount of “direct power”, Metro Mayors have a lot of influence locally and nationally.

The new (hopefully) West Midlands Metro Mayor will not have the ability to override national lockdown policies, but he/she will be able to speak directly to ministers, and will have access to the Prime Minister.


If elected, I will make the case extremely strongly that Lockdown should end now. All restrictions lifted immediately.

And I’ll make it every day until it happens.


The West Midlands Metro Mayor can and should use the privileged position to speak out about national issues which affect the people who live and work in the West Midlands.

There are some areas where the Metro Mayor can have a lot of influence on local decision making.


I will be detailing the policies I would adopt in these over the next few days and weeks, on this web site, and on Twitter and Facebook.


Please remember I will not be beholden to unions, or “Big Business” in any way,

 – every decision I make will be with one question in mind:

   “What would be best for the West Midlands, and the people who live and work here?”

   – and I will work with anyone and everyone to come up with the best answer possible.


Put bluntly, I will have no paymasters.


In many ways what I will have is “the best of both worlds’,

 – the resources of a national party to draw on for advice, which an independent candidate would not,

 – but still given free reign, and trusted to make the best decisions for the West Midlands by my party.


You can rest assured I would be “no one’s puppet”. 

To use the political term, I would not be “whipped” (very happy to say).


If you believe it’s time for fresh approach, if you don’t think it will make much difference whether Labour or Conservative are in power, because, let’s face it, it hasn’t for decades,

 – if you think that there are lot of areas which badly need Reforming,

 – if you feel that your life and your future are no longer in your control,

 – if you don’t think it’s right that people can lose their jobs for voicing perfectly reasonable opinions, sometimes for simply stating undeniable facts…


*** Start making the change for a better future by electing me as your new West Midlands Metro Mayor on May 6th ***


Together let’s start to Break The Chains that have been slowly placed around what we can say and what we can do.


It’s time get our freedoms back, and our lives back.

Not in two months time, not at some future point,  which keeps getting delayed and put off.

No more excuses,  no more indecipherable charts and graphs.  Right Now.


If you would like to know more about what I believe in and stand for, follow me on Twitter, Facebook, email me,

  – or of course please feel free to explore the other pages on this site at your leisure.


My personal contact details are:

Facebook  user: pete.durnell1

Twitter: @petedurnell


Reform UK web site:


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