A West Midlands business leader has called for an absolute focus on jobs and the economy now local elections are out of the way.
John Rider, West Midlands chairman of the Institute of Directors, said after a period of political battling locally and nationally it was important to focus on getting the economy back on track.
Mr Rider said it was perfectly possible to reduce the size of the state sector while still achieving at least some element of growth.
“For Prime Minister David Cameron and Birmingham City Council leader Sir Albert Bore the message is this – work with business on the things that matter.
“Months and months ago I called for a moratorium on virtually everything which does not have a positive effect on the economy, and I renew that call.
“I have gone into many ailing businesses in my career with a view to achieving a turnaround and the one thing you don’t do is change everything. You change the things which will make a difference.
“Focus is all important. Get the economy right and many problems such as social inclusion will improve.”