Leddy pulls out of leadership race and backs Holbrook
Mike Leddy has withdrawn from the race to become the next leader of Birmingham city council.
The former Lord Mayor said he was backing Penny Holbrook for the job.
Cllr Leddy’s decision leaves four contenders battling for the Labour and council leadership, with Cllr Holbrook now the only one regarded as closely allied to Sir Albert Bore, who is standing down.
In a statement to colleagues, Cllr Leddy said:
“I entered this contest because I’m a proud and passionate Brummie, who fervently believes that our city needs a fresh vision and a new style of leadership to meet the challenges ahead.
“I’ve always believed that politics is about ideas and policies, not money, ego or personal ambition. This leadership campaign has made it clear in my mind that one candidate, above any other, understands the challenges we face and is able to give Birmingham the leadership it needs.
“So today I am standing aside in order to give my full support to Penny Holbrook. She will be a formidable leader of the Labour group and of Birmingham city council and I am very proud to endorse her.”
The four remaining candidates are John Clancy, Ian Ward, Penny Holbrook and Barry Henley.
Labour councilors meet on November 23 to elect a new leader.
The winner will become council leader on December 1.
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