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The candidates put forward their agendas

The Birmingham Mail have reported that creating job opportunities and uniting communities is a major priority for the Birmingham mayor candidates and appeared in all agendas.

According to Gisela Stuart and Sion Simon there is a major need to create jobs and wealth within the city as the outcry for opportunity is at an all-time high, with ever increasing prices and an economy in turmoil.

Sir Albert Bore and Mr Jaddoo however seemed more concerned with uniting communities in order to form one umbrella agenda for the city.

Mr Jaddoo spoke of a young person’s charter scheme as being,

“directly linked to the Mayor’s office” and “is something whereby in certain areas of the city we get young people in the city to form groups together and appoint a leader and that leader convenes with the Mayor’s office”.

Mr Jaddoo believes this will help to give young people a voice and to be heard within the world of politics.

Sir Albert Bore who is also concerned with uniting communities has been involved in a number of regeneration schemes and believes that he is the perfect candidate for the role of mayor. He commented,

“I’ve been the leader of the city; I know what these roles and responsibilities are about and therefore what I’d bring in my capacity is the understanding of what the roles and responsibilities are and how those can be taken forward through the political government”.

Many hope like Paul Greatrix (Times Higher Education) that the promise of jobs and community will help students and students unions to focus on cooperation not opposition.

Students unions have always been concerned with politics, especially with the support and representation that students receive, and now also take into consideration core issues of teaching and learning.

We saw this through the student protests on the 9th of November. Students were protesting about the rise in tuition fees but also for the lack of opportunity. Student Danielle Bowen said,

“If there were more job opportunities available for student after university, the impact of the fees may not have come so harshly. The fact is that in order to gain a job we need the education, but only a select few will be able to secure a job once uni’s over due to cuts. We also need jobs now to help us to support ourselves through university.”

The mayoral elections are also having an impact all over the country, especially with students. More students are now becoming involved with their own union elections and becoming involved in politics.

This can be seen through the University of Sheffield’s union vote. More than 8,500 votes were cast in the UK’s largest student’s union election.

This was a record turnout of more than 8,000 and the number of candidates was the highest since 2006.

The face of politics is changing and the question you need to ask yourself is yes or no? do we want a directly elected mayor?

By Elizabeth Johnson

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A profile of… Sir Albert Bore

A profile of… Sir Albert Bore

A long-standing council leader in Birmingham, who was knighted in 2002, wants to become the elected Mayor of the city if Birmingham see a ‘yes’ vote in the Mayoral Referendum in May.

Sir Albert Bore has been a councillor in Ladywood in Birmingham since 1980, and the current Labour Group leader of Birmingham City Council since 1999. He is currently also the elected Chair of the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, Selly Oak Hospital and Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.

Therefore, over the years, Sir Bore has played pivotal roles in the creation of the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) and International Convention Centre (ICC) in the regeneration of Birmingham in the 1980s and 1990s.

He also was directly involved in the creations of Birmingham Symphony Hall, National Indoor Arena (NIA), the redevelopments of Brindley Place and the Bullring as well as other successful schemes.

So much so that, in the 2002 New Year Honours, Albert Bore was knighted for his local government work.

Sir Bore studied in Birmingham, gaining a PhD in Nucleur Reactor Physics from University of Birmingham and an honorary doctorate degree at University of Aston.

He has since been a lecturer at University of Aston, before his days in local politics.

He has been member of the EU-Committee of the Regions since its creation in 1992 and has drafted legislative opinions on behalf of local government across Europe on a range of issues.

Sir Albert Bore now hopes to be further involved in the local government and continue to change Birmingham for the better if, in May, we get a ‘yes’ vote…

By – Bradley Jolly (26/3/12)


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