With a tip of the hat to Allister Hayman at the Local Government Chronicle, it seems that virtually all the West Midlands LEPs will be approved by Vince Cable and Eric Pickles.
The odd ones out are the Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent bid, which suffered from disagreements amongst the district councils, with East Staffs, Tamworth and Lichfield throwing their lots in with the Birmingham and Solihull bid - although there is nothing to stop them joining more than one LEP If they so wish. There may be further tweaks coming up, as The Pieman is believed to favour a joint Black Country and Birmingham bid, for once showing wisdom beyond that available to our local authorities. There seems to have been tension between Pickles and Cable over this, as Vince is known to favour more regional models, but Eric prefers them smaller, the merest suggestion of regionalism bringing him out in hives. The other local bid to not make it to the starting grid is the abortive regional bid, which has foundered because of a lack of support.