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Tuesday, January 25, 2005
  Boundary Inquiry
There is an inquiry into the Parliamentary Boundaries going on in The Council House today.

I have put forward our case that Yardley, Sheldon and Acocks Green should stay together (as has been the case for about 1300 years).

Whereas as far as Labour were concerned Bordesley Ward had a natural affinity with Washwood Heath in 2004 now Labour are calling for the following seats:

Washwood Heath, Hodge Hill, Shard End, Sheldon
South Yardley, Stechford and Yardley North, Sparkbrook, Bordesley Green
Acocks Green, Hall Green, Brandwood, Billesley

As usual Labour show no real consistency save self-interest.

Another example of Labour inconsistency is on the 2nd runway at BIA where Solhull Labour oppose it and Birmingham Labour support it.
 
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...and where Birmingham's representatives on the Board support the runway, whilst the Deputy Leader of the Council opposes it. Life eh, so full of inconsistencies.
 
The Council's policy (supported by Conservatives and Labour, opposed by Lib Dems) is to support the runway. Hence the Council's representatives take that view (they are in fact Conservative and Labour). That is not inconsistent.
 
So John Hemming, the Deputy Leader of Birmingham City Council, opposes a key City Council policy, so does he resign? No, he continues as Deputy Leader in his own self interest - clearly a man of principle.
 
I oppose a council policy, I have always opposed this council policy. The concordat agreement is not a merger between two parties. It accepts that the two parties will disagree on some issues. This is one of them.

I fail to see the problem.
 
The problem is that you tell the people of Yardley that you oppose the expansion of Birmingham International Airport whilst in the city centre you are the deputy leader of an administration that supports the expansion of BIA.

I suppose I should not be surprised because you have had 2 positions on so many issues for so long, that you do not see a problem with being two-faced.
 
Name an issue upon which I have had two positions.
 
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