Statement on Sir Albert Bore


Responding to the decision of Sir Albert Bore to stand down as Leader of Birmingham City Council, Richard Burden MP said:

“Albert has been at the centre of that throughout, holding  economic development portfolios on the Council and chairing Europe’s Committee of the regions as well as leading Birmingham City Council twice in the last sixteen years. Under his stewardship Birmingham City Council has also led the way in becoming a Living Wage employer. That is making a real difference to the lives of thousands of Brummies living on low pay and Albert deserves respect for that.

“In the world of politics like all others, there comes a time for change and a time to move on to new challenges. Albert’s decision to stand down from the Leadership is a recognition of this but nobody can deny the service he has given to our City.

“In a month and a half, Birmingham City Council will have a new Leader. So now is the time for all those representing the people of Birmingham, on the Council, in Parliament and beyond, to work together to face both the challenges and opportunities which the City faces going forward. Irrespective of Party politics, we look to Ministers to back us in that.”    

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I was Labour Member of Parliament for Birmingham Northfield between 1992 and 2019 and a former Shadow Transport Minister. I now chair Healthwatch in Birmingham and Solihull, and the West Midlands Board of Remembering Srebrenica. I also work as a public affairs consultant. I am an effective community advocate and stakeholder alliance builder with a passion for human rights. I am a trustee of the Balfour Project charity and of Citizens Advice Birmingham, and a former Chair of Medical Aid for Palestinians.

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