Sir Albert Bore has picked his team to serve in the Labour cabinet on Birmingham City Council. Apart from the Leader (Ladywood) and Deputy Leader (Shard End), there are six other councillors in the team – a smaller cabinet than the one that has served Birmingham under the Conservative/ Lib Dem coalition for the past eight years.
There is only one woman on the top table -Brigid Jones, who will be in charge of children and families.
The proposals will go to the Council meeting on 22nd May, where a huge Labour majority is certain to say yes to them all.
None of the Tyburn councillors was selected; in fact, none of the nine Labour councillors from the Erdington constituency got the call-up from Sir Albert. Shard End Councillors have two of the top jobs.
The bias towards white middle-aged men in the team is likely to be criticised for failing to reflect the gender, cultural and ethnic mix of the city.
Sir Albert Bore (Ladywood) Council Leader
Councillor Ian Ward (Shard End) Deputy Leader
Councillor Tahir Ali (Nechells): Development, Jobs & Skills
Councillor Steve Bedser (Kings Norton):Health and Wellbeing Kings Norton ward.
Councillor John Cotton (Shard End)Social Cohesion and Equalities.
Councillor Brigid Jones (Selly Oak) Children and Family Services.
Councillor James McKay (Harborne) Green, Safe and Smart City.
Councillor Stewart Stacey (Acocks Green) Commissioning, Contracting and Improvement