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Friday, April 13, 2007
  Labour's campaign nosedives in Moseley and Kings Heath
With the revelation that Labour's Candidate for Kings Heath has called Kings Heath "Minger City" in The Stirrer, a website run by erstwhile BBC journalist Adrian Goldberg, Labour's campaign has taken a turn for the worse.

From the story:
Bill Lees, who’s standing in Moseley and Kings Heath, was writing on an internet forum about the possibility of a Sainsbury’s opening in Moseley and the Safeway supermarket in nearby Kings Heath closing down.

He said it might be a good idea – “but not if you don’t want all those legions of plug ugly, baseball-capped and ski-panted mingers from Kings Heath coming from Moseley to shop”. He also described Kings Heath as “Minger City”.

One outraged local resident Ian Galloway told The Stirrer: “No doubt Bill would say that these were flippant remarks, but living in Kings Heath, I know it has serious issues, such as transportation and parking.”

Galloway has complained to Birmingham’s Labour leader Sir Albert Bore, but said: “I don’t know how he can defend comments like that. Is Bill Lees trying to use another word and say that Kings Heath is full of chavs?

“We’ve got some serious social issues here, and we’re fed up of being treated as the poor boys of the ward [compared to Moseley] and being left behind.”
 
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