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Birmingham City Council reshuffle: Bins boss axed after summer strike shambles

Birmingham City Council reshuffle: Bins boss axed after summer strike shambles

The Birmingham councillor who ran the bins service during last summer’s strike has been axed in a reshuffle.

Coun Lisa Trickett was the cabinet member who pushed through changes to working conditions with led to the action.

The Brandwood and Kings Heath councillor faced a barrage of criticism last summer and, with the service still in turmoil, it appears council leader Ian Ward decided to wield the axe.

She will be replaced by Coun Majid Mahmood (Hodge Hill), whose previous cabinet role in charge of contracts and performance has been scrapped.



Coun Lisa Trickett.

Tackling the bins issues and delivering clean streets is a priority for the Labour administration and will place Coun Mahmood firmly in the spotlight.

He is also likely to be unveiling the council’s plan to improve air quality in the city centre – including the likelihood of pollution charges on vehicles.

Returning to the Labour cabinet after an absence of 15 months is Coun Waseem Zaffar, who takes over at transport.

He resigned amid the furore over the ‘hijabgate’ affair last year in which he had appeared to instruct a primary school to allow a four-year-old relative to wear the hijab in conflict with its uniform policy.

Despite a national media storm, he was later cleared by the council standards board – although the report of its investigation was not published.

The details were reported to BirminghamLive by sources attending the private meeting of Labour’s 67 councillors where Coun Ward unveiled his new cabinet.



Councillor Sharon Thompson
Councillor Sharon Thompson

With himself and deputy leader Brigid Jones confirmed last week, he had eight appointments to make.

Coun Sharon Thompson (Edgbaston North) will replace Peter Griffiths in charge of housing.

Other new arrivals are Couns Kate Booth (Quinton) and Jayne Francis (Harborne), who take over children’s services and education respectively.

Former jobs and skills supremo Coun Brett O’Reilly (Longbridge and West Heath) will now head up a resources portfolio – monitoring council finances after a series of budget overspends in recent years.

The jobs and skills role has been downgraded, as much of the responsibility for local policy now lies with the West Midlands Mayor.

The cabinet members are:

Ian Ward – Leader

Brigid Jones – Deputy Leader



Council leader Ian Ward and deputy leader Brigid Jones

Brett O’Reilly – Resources

Majid Mahmood – Clean Streets

Paulette Hamilton – Health and Adult Social Care

Jayne Francis – Education

Kate Booth – Children’s Services

Waseem Zaffar – Transport

Tristan Chatifeld – Social Inclusion

Sharon Thompson – Homes and Neighbourhoods

Further roles

Also confirmed was the appointment of veteran councillor and former Deputy Police Commissioner Yvonne Mosquito (Bordesley and Highgate) as Lord Mayor for the next year.

It was an urgent appointment after the Lord Mayor elect Lynda Clinton lost her seat in the local election on May 3.



Tory Debbie Clancy and Labour’s Brett O’Reilly picked up shadow cabinet and cabinet jobs

Cllr Mosquito was the only Labour member to put her name forward.

Meanwhile the Conservatives have elected cllr Debbie Clancy (Longbridge and West Heath) as their new deputy leader. The previous deputy Randal Brew lost his seat during the election.

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