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ELECTION OF NEW BIRMINGHAM LEADER IMPACTS ON MUNICIPAL SOCIALISM

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The election of Teresa Stewart, a veteran left winger, as leader of Birmingham city council could have profound con...
The election of Teresa Stewart, a veteran left winger, as leader of Birmingham city council could have profound consequences for the future direction of municipal socialism in England, according to the Independent on Sunday (p11)

The paper documents the approach of her predecessor, Sir Dick Knowles, in regenerating the city hand in hand with the private sector.

Both Manchester with its Olympic bid and Sheffield with its World Student Games followed Birmingham's example in looking for a future role outside being a manufacturing centre. In contrast, says the Independent on Sunday, Mrs Stewart has attacked Sir Dick's strategy as simply creating short term, low pay, non union jobs.

Her first act last week was to find £5 million to clear some of the school repairs backlog and to promise more money for basic services such as housing education and social services. The paper points out that almost a decade of high cost and high profile projects in Birmingham have failed to boost the city's economy and unemployment levels.
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