Birmingham Council Leader Elect Sir Albert Bore has announced his Cabinet to colleagues in the City Council Labour Group this evening. The nominations will be put before the City Council AGM on Tuesday 22 May when Labour formally takes office from the Conservative/Liberal Democrat coalition that has held power in the city for the last eight years.
“This has been a difficult choice,” said Sir Albert. “The new Labour Group contains many talented people.
“I’ve focussed on those experienced councillors who will be able to push forward our manifesto commitments to make Birmingham Britain’s Enterprise Capital as a smart, green, safe and fair city. I know that they will have the support of every Labour City Councillor and those who voted for radical Labour change at this month’s council elections.”
Councillor Tahir Ali will be Cabinet Member for Development, Jobs & Skills, with responsibility for translating the vision to make Birmingham the enterprise capital of Britain, by growing businesses, creating jobs, lifting people into work and better wages, and ensuring the young people of the city are equipped with the right skills to match those needed in the market. Tahir first became a City Councillor in 1999 and he represents Nechells ward. Most recently he was Labour’s Shadow Cabinet Member for Transport, Regeneration & Environment, and was a member of the corresponding Overview & Scrutiny Committee. Previously he was Cabinet Member for Local Services & Community Safety.
Councillor Steve Bedser will be Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, responsible for social care, public health and the support of vulnerable adults. Steve first became a City Councillor in 1998 and represents Kings Norton ward. In recent years he has been an active member of the Equalities & Human Resources Overview & Scrutiny Committee and the Shadow Cabinet Member for Adults & Communities.
Councillor John Cotton will be Cabinet Member for Social Cohesion and Equalities, responsible for promoting services to reduce deprivation across the city, whether these are delivered by the City Council itself, partner agencies, private or third sector organisations. John first became a City Councillor in 1999 and represents Shard End. In recent years he has been an active member of the Local Services and Community Safety Overview & Scrutiny Committee, and was Labour’s Shadow Cabinet Member for this portfolio.
Councillor Brigid Jones will be Cabinet Member for Children and Family Services, with responsibility for children’s care and education services. Brigid first became a City Councillor for Selly Oak in 2011. Since her election she has served on the Vulnerable Children Overview & Scrutiny Committee, where she has quickly demonstrated a grasp of the issues around this challenging portfolio.
Councillor James McKay will be Cabinet Member for a Green, Safe and Smart City, responsible for creating an environment and sustainable infrastructure where people and businesses can flourish. James first became a City Councillor for Harborne in 2011. Since his election he has served on the Leisure, Sport & Culture Overview & Scrutiny Committee, as Labour’s lead spokesperson.
Councillor Stewart Stacey will be Cabinet Member for Commissioning, Contracting and Improvement, responsible for the introduction of the Living Wage in the city as part of a Business Charter for Social Responsibility and the introduction of a “Buy Birmingham first” policy by the City Council. Stewart first became a City Councillor in 1982 and represents Acocks Green. In recent years he has served on the Co-ordinating Overview & Scrutiny Committee, and has previously served as a Cabinet Member and Deputy Leader of the Council.
The Labour Group has already confirmed Councillor Sir Albert Bore as Leader and Councillor Ian Ward as Deputy Leader.
Councillor Sir Albert Bore first joined the City Council in 1980. He has previously been Leader of the City Council and has represented local government at national and international level.
Councillor Ian Ward first joined the City Council in 1995 and has been Deputy Leader of the Labour Group since 2005. He has been an active member of several key committees including the Council Business Management Committee and was Labour’s lead scrutineer on the Overview and Scrutiny Committee. Prior to 2004, Ian was Cabinet Member for Leisure, Sport & Culture.