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Newly elected John Clancy pays tribute to Sir Albert Bore

Newly appointed Labour Group leader John Clancy. Credit: BPM Media

Newly appointed Labour Group leader John Clancy has said he feels a 'great sense of honour and responsibility' at his election.

He spoke of 'challenging times ahead' for the city and pledged to work towards a 'more open and transparent council'.

He also paid tribute to Sir Albert Bore, who he is set to replace as City Council leader in a meeting next month.

“I want to pay tribute to Sir Albert Bore for his dedication to Birmingham, his commitment to the people of Birmingham, for his leadership of the Council and as Leader of the Labour Group for the last 16 years."

"Sir Albert has always put Labour values at the centre of his vision for Birmingham – he has brought world-class investment to the city and overseen the longest period of regeneration in the city’s history."

“I am also very grateful to my family, friends and Labour colleagues for their support throughout this leadership election."

– Councillor John Clancy

West Midlands Fire service statement following protest

West Midlands Fire service have released a statement after more than 100 firefighters gathered for a protest outside the region's largest fire service headquarters today.

West Midlands Fire Service is trialling new staffing arrangements Credit: Phil Noble/PA Wire/Press Association Images

West Midlands Fire Service is trialling new staffing arrangements, which they say will protect the level of service they provide to the community.

We currently have 19 Brigade Response Vehicles and 41 fire engines based at our 38 fire stations. The purpose of the trial is to ensure we can maintain the delivery of our 999 service - and get to life-risk emergencies in 5 minutes - as well as our equally critical prevention and protection work. Cuts in the funding we get from the Government from 2016 to 2019 will be in the region of £14 million. Improved staffing arrangements will help us meet a significant proportion of this, alongside our continuing recruitment freeze. We are making it possible for staff to volunteer for additional shifts for a trial period. The proposals originated from staff suggestions, as a way to maintain the service we currently provide at the same time as making significant budget savings. The trial follows nearly two years of engagement and consultation with them and their representative bodies."

– West Midlands Fire Service statement
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