Left to right, Ken Livingstone, Bienvenida Buck, Gisela Stuart, Siôn Simon and London Mayor, Boris Johnson. Background: Leeds Town Hall
The bosses of a dozen British construction firms, gathered in a room at a restaurant in the centre of Birmingham, are voluble about the “inferiority complex” of “Britain’s second city.” After a lunch of salmon and roast beef, they listen to Siôn Simon, the former Labour minister, explain how he could transform the city as its first directly elected mayor. Every questioner is critical of the city council, which employs 50,000 people in Birmingham, and is described by Simon as…
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