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Division in Brum Labour Cabinet as Cllr Clements nominates inexperienced Aitken for Parliament
Cabinet member for Transport Liz Clements, who is also the Councillor for Bournville and Cotteridge, has nominated Cllr Alex Aitken (Kings Norton North) for the nomination.
Division in Birmingham City Council’s cabinet as Liz Clements nominates Alex Aitken for the Birmingham Northfield parliamentary nomination.
This usually wouldn’t be a big story however Cllr Liz Clements Deputy Leader on the City Council, Cllr Brigid Jones, is also standing in the race to become Northfield’s next MP.
Cllr Brigid Jones is the Deputy Leader of Birmingham City Council and acts as Leader when Cllr Ian Ward is not available. For fellow cabinet member Liz Clements to nominate her opponent shows a lack of faith in Brigid Jones’ political abilities.
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Liz Clements and Alex Aitken are to the left of the Labour party with both being heavily involved with trade unions and regularly supporting strike action and joining picket lines themselves. Liz Clements famously suggested that Elon Musk should use his fortune to buy everyone a bike in order to help the environment.
This is not the first time Liz Clements has shown her displeasure with Birmingham City Council’s leadership. After the 2022 local elections she ran for the top job herself at the Council in a bid to oust Council Leader Ian Ward. She came third in the contest behind Cllr Waseem Zaffar.
What is curious is that if Birmingham City Council’s own cabinet member for Transport doesn’t have any faith in its Leader or Deputy Leader then why should any of us?
If Brigid Jones were to lose out on the Northfield Parliamentary race to the relatively inexperienced Alex Aitken then she won’t be pleased that members of her own cabinet are endorsing her opponents.
One thing is for sure, if the Birmingham Labour Group weren’t divided enough following the leadership coup this summer (which Cllr Ian Ward won by just 1 vote), then they certainly are now.
Written by Jack Dixon
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