Sutton Coldfield Tory Phil Parkin has been promoted and will join his party’s shadow cabinet on Birmingham City Council.
Coun Parkin was deputy leader of the Conservative group in 2011, but resigned to concentrate on running a family business.
But Parkin, a keen exponent of social media and a campaigner for an elected mayor of Birmingham, is back in the fold and will be Tory spokesman for the wide-ranging brief of Culture, Leisure, Sport, Green & Smart City and Sustainability.
Mike Whitby, whose leadership of the council in coalition with the Liberal Democrats ends today (May 22), was re-elected unopposed as Tory group leader, with Robert Alden as his deputy.
With the exception of one newcomer, Sutton councillor James Bird, the Tories have opted for an experienced team to lead the opposition against the Labour controlled council.
The rest of the Conservative shadow cabinet is:
Deirdre Alden (Edgbaston) Health and Wellbeing
Alan Rudge (Sutton Vesey) Social Cohesion and Equalities
Timothy Huxtable (Bournville) Development, Transport and Property
Randal Brew (Northfield) Finance, Commissioning, Performance and Contracts
Anne Underwood (Sutton Four Oaks) Children’s Services
James Bird (Sutton New Hall) Education.
The posts follow the new cabinet positions devised by Labour.
However, the Conservatives have decided to split responsibility for schools and children’s social services between two members – James Bird and Anne Underwood.