A number of questions have been asked about the Concordat between the Liberal Democrats and
Conservatives on Birmingham City Council.
has the basic reasoning behind it and the policy statement.
A few points
- It is based upon consensus. Any policy changes need to be supported by both parties on the City Council. There has been no proposal for a staffing freeze or any commitment to a 0% Council Tax increase. We are trying to make the council more efficient
- Labour did have a deal last year ... with the tories. Clearly Labour would have been happier had they done the deal with the tories. They also offered us a shared cabinet, but I would not consider this because if we left them in power there would be no chance of honest elections in Birmingham.
The concordat puts Cllr Mike Whitby into the role of City Leader and me as Deputy City Leader. Sadly at the time of writing we have not managed to move into the offices because Labour decided to squat in them. Councillor Hugh Maccallion who has never been Deputy Council Leader decided to move into the Deputy Council Leader's office. This has been a bit of a nuisance as my office and Mike's are on different corners of the main Council Building. We have, however, still made some progress on sorting out the City Council.