Local Politics in Birmingham: Why Vote in Local Elections?

Open to Everyone
Free to Attend

Central Library, Birmingham

In this seminar, Sir Albert Bore, Leader of Birmingham City Council’s Labour Group, explored the rationale behind voting at local elections and urged participants to exercise their democratic right and vote in the forthcoming election. He emphasised the significance of the 5th May elections in the current political situation. Sir Albert responded to a range of interesting questions raised by attendees and discussion continued informally after the seminar.


On 5th May 2011, the British public will cast a vote to elect new Councillors and Leader of Councils in Local elections . Considering some of the challenges that the British government has recently faced due to the global economic crises, upcoming elections will be influential to understand UK citizens’ attitudes towards the policies of current government, local government cuts, as well as the new approaches developed and presented by parties’ opponent.

In this seminar, Sir Albert Bore will confer on the policies of the Labour Party and answer the questions of attendees.

Biography of Sir Albert Bore

Sir Albert Bore is a Labour politician in Birmingham, where he has been a councillor representing Ladywood since 1980, leader of Birmingham City Council 1999–2004, and is currently leader of the Labour Group. Before entering politics he was a nuclear physics lecturer at Aston University. He was knighted in the 2002 New Year honours for services to local government. Sir Albert is a non-executive director for several organisations in Birmingham, including Birmingham Symphony Hall, Optima Community Housing Association, Marketing Birmingham, National Exhibition Centre Limited and Birmingham Technology Ltd. In 2006, he was elected chairman of the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust.