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TORIES QUESTION TOP WEST MIDLANDS LGA APPOINTMENT

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The Birmingham Post (p1) reports Conservative claims of 'jobs for the boys' in a West Midlands appointment to the L...
The Birmingham Post (p1) reports Conservative claims of 'jobs for the boys' in a West Midlands appointment to the Local Government Association.

Sid Platt, regional secretary of Unison and chairman of the Midlands TUC, has been appointed to the£50,000-a-year post of director of the West Midlands LGA. He will give up his union positions before moving into his new job in the new year.

He was given the job after two days of interviews by a panel made up of three Labour councillors from the WMLGA, one Conservative and one Liberal Democrat. The row started when Conservative councillor John Alden, deputy leader of the Tories at Birmingham City Council, said: 'Although I wish Platt well in his new position, I hope this is not a return to the days of old Labour giving jobs to their union cronies.'

Platt is also quoted: 'I have demonstrated to an appointing panel a longstanding commitment to local government. I hope I will strengthen the links between all parties in order to give the region a strong and coherent voice.'
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