Steve Beauchampé informed readers yesterday that Cllr John Clancy has been elected to succeed Sir Albert Bore as the new leader of Birmingham City Council, by a meeting of the 78-strong Labour group of councillors.
The first round saw Clancy poll 31 votes, Holbrook 23, Ian Ward 22 and Barry Henley 1. Clancy was finally successful in his fifth leadership attempt, elected by a single vote over Penny Holbrook, securing 38 votes to Holbrook’s 37.
There are now grounds for real hope as new Labour leaders are elected at city and national level.
Steve summarises some of John Clancy’s most promising policies:
- he has pledged to focus less on grand city centre projects
- and focus more on the rejuvenation of the city’s 40 wards through a package of devolution measures transferring decision making to the most local level possible.
- He plans to consider replacing the current Leader and Cabinet system by returning to the Committee system and
- intends to renegotiate the Council’s controversial outsourcing contracts with Capita and Amey.
- He has promised an ‘open data’ council where such contracts are open to public scrutiny.
An overlap with Corbynomics, casual dress and negative colleagues
More likely to please those who like their politicians snappily dressed, he can also unwind; there is no fear of him losing votes because he does not habitually wear a tie – as did Corbyn. Clancy’s pledge to launch a Birmingham Bond to raise finance for housebuilding and other infrastructure projects calls to mind Colin Hines’ presentation of Brummie Bonds – a project undertaken with Richard Murphy – one of Corbyn’s advisers.
Steve Beauchampé ends: “However, given that he commands less the support of less than half of the city’s Labour councillors, compromise will need to be high on his agenda in the months ahead, not just as far as the Improvement Panel are concerned, but with regard to his party colleagues too”.
Read Steve’s article here: http://thebirminghampress.com/2015/11/clancy-wins-city-labour-leadership/