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Birmingham City Council: John Clancy replaces Sir Albert Bore as leader

Birmingham City Council has selected John Clancy to replace Sir Albert Bore as the authority’s new leader.

Labour councillor Mr Clancy was elected after he secured one more vote than his closest rival Penny Holbrook.

He will now officially take over the council leadership from Sir Albert next week after the incumbent announced he would be stepping down from the role last month.

Sir Albert leaves his position after nearly 16 years as head of what is one of the largest local authorities in Europe.

The news comes a week after Birmingham was announced as one of the seven core members to secure a devolution deal for the West Midlands.

Mr Clancy was elected after a campaign that promised to improve existing council properties and build thousands of new homes.

He said: “There are challenging times ahead for Birmingham – and now, under my leadership, the Labour Group will continue the work already started to swiftly address the concerns of the Kerslake report.

“I will also ensure the good work already under way on the improvement agendas for safeguarding and education continues, alongside our commitment to improved partnership working and a more open and transparent council.

“I want to pay tribute to Sir Albert Bore for his dedication to Birmingham, his commitment to the people of Birmingham, for his leadership of the council and as leader of the Labour Group for the last 16 years.”

The outgoing Sir Albert said on leaving the role last month: “What we need at the moment is some stability rather than the distraction within the council and the media of how long I might remain as leader.

“There are several essential items on our agenda for Birmingham at the moment, including the work of the Independent Improvement Panel, the delivery of a combined authority and a devolution deal with government, and an agreement on budget parameters which will be necessary to take this council through to 2020.

“These projects are crucial for the future prosperity and economic security of the city.

“A new voice will see Birmingham through the next period in its history. So it is right for me to step back and take on a different role.”

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