Announced on 14 May 2012, this is the Cabinet that will form the Executive of the Council agreed by members of the Labour group of councillors. The chairs of District Committees will also serve as non-Cabinet members of the Executive. Following the elections on May 3, Labour will chair 7 district committees, the Conservatives will chair two (Sutton Coldfield and Edgbaston) and the Liberal Democrats will chair one (Yardley).
Councillor Sir Albert Bore, Leader of the Council. First elected in 1980, he represents Ladywood. He has previously been Leader of the City Council and leader of the Labour group in opposition.
Councillor Ian Ward, Deputy Leader of the Council. First elected in 1995, he represents Shard End. He has been Deputy Leader of the Labour Group since 2005. He has been an active member of several committees including the Council Business Management Committee. Prior to 2004, he was Cabinet Member for Leisure, Sport & Culture.
Councillor Tahir Ali, 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. First elected in 1999, 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, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, responsible for social care, public health and the support of vulnerable adults. First elected in 1998, he 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, 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. First elected in 1999, he 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, Cabinet Member for Children and Family Services, with responsibility for children’s care and education services. First elected in 2011, she represents Selly Oak. Since her election she has served on the Vulnerable Children Overview & Scrutiny Committee.
Councillor James McKay, Cabinet Member for a Green, Safe and Smart City, responsible for creating an environment and sustainable infrastructure where people and businesses can flourish. First elected in 2011, he represents Harborne. Since his election he has served on the Leisure, Sport & Culture Overview & Scrutiny Committee.
Councillor Stewart Stacey, 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. First elected in 1982, he 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.
Composition of District Committees
Following the May 3 local elections, Birmingham’s ten districts are represented:
Edgbaston: 5 Labour, 7 Conservatives – Conservative majority
Erdington: 9 Labour, 3 Conservatives – Labour majority
Hall Green: 9 Labour, 3 Lib-Dems – Labour majority
Hodge Hill: 12 Labour – Labour majority
Ladywood: 12 Labour – Labour majority
Northfield: 7 Labour, 5 Conservatives – Labour majority
Perry Barr: 9 Labour, 3 Lib Dems Labour majority
Selly Oak: 9 Labour, 2 Conservatives, 1 Lib-Dem – Labour majority
Sutton Coldfield: 1 Labour, 11 Conservatives – Conservative majority
Yardley: 4 Labour, 8 Lib-Dems – Lib-Dem majority