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Birmingham City Council leader to step down in December

Sir Albert Bore is set to stand down as head of Birmingham City Council, according to Labour sources Credit: ITV News Central

Sir Albert Bore is set to step down as head of Birmingham City Council in December, according to Labour sources.

In a statement released by Labour, the City Council leader said that focus on how long he would stay in the job was 'drawing attention away' from the Council's work.

“What we also need at the moment is some stability rather than the distraction within the Council and the media of how long I might remain as Leader. This is drawing attention away from the work that the City Council needs to drive forward."

"A new voice will see Birmingham through the next period in its history. So it is right for me to step back and take on a different role."

– Sir Albert Bore

The Hobbit: First book on Library of Birmingham shelves

Sir Albert Bore places The Hobbit on the shelves of the Library of Birmingham. Credit: Four Colman Getty.

The Hobbit has become the first book to be placed on the shelves of the Library of Birmingham.

The book, J.R.R. Tolkien’s much-loved 1937 children’s fantasy tale, was placed on the shelf by Sir Albert Bore, Leader of Birmingham City Council, to mark the imminent handover of the building by Carillion, the Library of Birmingham’s construction partner, to Birmingham City Council.

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