Labour MPs fail to support Birmingham
Last week the government rattled sabres at Birmingham and said they would hold back £3 Million of NRF funding until a couple of tasks (which were underway and previously agreed, had been completed).
Two Labour MPs immediately slammed the City Council. The responsibility for these tasks lies with the BSP Programme Board which is chaired by David Cragg who is the regional Chief Executive of the Learning and Skills Council.
Firstly, the Labour MPs showed their lack of support for the city and willingness to merely accept that what the government had done was right.
Secondly, the Labour MPs showed their lack of knowledge as to who was actually responsible for this work - viz the report was signed off by David Cragg as BSP Programme Board Chair rather than myself.
I may be critical of David Cragg from time to time, but in this instance the government are entirely wrong. He has done exactly what he was required to do by Government Office West Midlands and the government should rescind their decision to hold back the £3 Million.