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Birmingham Labour council warned there is nowhere to hide after Keir Starmer’s election victory

Birmingham Labour council warned there is nowhere to hide after Keir Starmer’s election victory

Birmingham City Council’s Labour administration has been warned there is now “nowhere to hide” following the party’s general election success. Sir Keir Starmer and Labour’s victory in last week’s election means all three tiers of government in Brum are now in the party’s hands.

However, the Labour-led Birmingham City Council (BCC) is currently in the midst of a stormy chapter in its history and has recently approved a worrying series of cuts to local services, causing dismay and anxiety in Brum. The local authority has found itself in this alarming situation due to factors specific to Birmingham, such as the issue of equal pay and the disastrous implementation of a new IT and finance system, as well as increasing demand for services and funding cuts.




In the past, council leader John Cotton has pointed the finger at the previous Conservative government and argued that many councils across the country are facing a bitter cocktail of shrinking budgets and higher costs. Conservative politicians such as former Prime Minister Rishi Sunak have highlighted mistakes made by the council’s Labour administration in response.

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Councillor Roger Harmer, leader of the Liberal Democrats on the BCC, suggested at a meeting this week that the Labour administration on the council could no longer blame other parties if it faced further turmoil. “Now that we have a Labour council, a Labour mayor and a Labour government, there is nowhere to hide and no one else to blame for any future failings of this council,” he told the council meeting.

“What assurances can he give that radical improvements to our situation will now be made?” Cllr Cotton, the council leader, responded by saying he was pleased the country had taken a “decisive view on the last 14 years of mismanagement and poor governance”.

“We now have a new opportunity to rebuild,” he said. “I certainly look forward to working in partnership with our newly elected Labour mayor and the newly elected Labour government to address the challenges we face in this city.

“I’m delighted that we have a government committed to working with, rather than against, local authorities in this country.” The council leader was then pressed by Councillor Harmer on whether he believed Birmingham Labour had taken certain communities in the city “for granted for too long”.