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Clancy just nine votes away from toppling Bore

Clancy just nine votes away from toppling Bore

🕔11.May 2015

Just another nine votes in the bag for Councillor Clancy would have meant a shock defeat for Sir Albert Bore this evening in the annual contest for the leadership of the Labour Group on Birmingham City Council, reports Kevin Johnson.

In a shock development, Councillor Barry Henley took on Councillor Ian Ward for the deputy leadership, losing 49-26.

Sir Albert Bore defeated John Clancy 46-30. He was run much closer than anticipated in a now regular challenge from the Quinton councillor.

This year, the opportunity to challenge the incumbent leader was brought much closer to the local election date, meaning any challenger had less time to mount a bid once polls closed.

Last Thursday’s performance in both Westminster and Council seats by Labour, together with the scale of challenges facing the Labour-led Council, led most observers to believe the vast majority of the 79 members in the group would stand by Sir Albert.

Whilst achieving a clear majority, Bore’s authority will be dented by Clancy’s performance. Two-fifths of the group backed the challenger who was not given time to present a fresh manifesto or effectively campaign.

The Great Survivor has, of course, seen much worse and come back even stronger. But, never before has the Council faced such a complex range of threats requiring not only cross party but backbench support.

Paul Dale now has more analysis on the contests and suggests there must be an exit plan at some stage for Sir Albert.

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