Amid all the talk of election hustings and cries for greater democracy in the business of running Birmingham, the only real step towards genuine public accountability has been the announcement of a metro mayor to run the Greater Birmingham region from 2017.
As the council leadership battle enters its sixteenth week, we have heard much from the councillors and MPs on what should happen – and, indeed, much from the Government overseers on what is expected of Britain’s largest local authority.
Those outside Birmingham’s political bubble, or the Washwood Heath community, could be forgiven for never having heard of Mariam Khan – but that is beginning to change after a series of increasingly high-profile appointments and events.
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