Tom Watson MP
Campaigning West Bromwich East MP Tom Watson was appointed deputy leader of the Labour Party, tasked with the challenging job of mediating between his left wing leader Jeremy Corbyn and his less left-leaning party colleagues. The Sheffield-born MP achieved prominence following his high profile campaigns on phone-hacking and high-level paedophile rings.
Jack Dromey MP
Erdington MP Jack Dromey was elected to Parliament in 2010 having previously been deputy general secretary of the Transport and General Workers Union and treasurer of the Labour Party. He is currently shadow minister for policing. He is married to former interim Labour leader Harriet Harman.
Coun John Clancy
Coun John Clancy, who represents Quinton, became leader of Birmingham City Council in the autumn following Sir Albert Bore’s decision to step down. He leads a council with a £3 billion budget - the largest local authority in Europe. With a degree in English and Law he has been an English teacher for much of his working life, as well as a visiting lecturer at the University of Birmingham business school. He spent a brief spell as a commercial lawyer, and is a keen darts player.
Coun Robert Alden
Coun Robert Alden, representing Erdington, leads the Conservative opposition on Birmingham City Council. Both his father, former Lord Mayor John Alden and mother Deidre are Birmingham council stalwarts. Robert Alden was unopposed when he became leader of the city’s Conservatives in 2014, after spending two years as deputy leader. He unsuccessfully challenged Jack Dromey for his Erdington parliamentary seat in the 2015 General Election, but polled close to 11,000 votes
David Jamieson, Police and Crime Commissioner
Former teacher, MP and Government minister David Jamieson is the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner. The Solihull-born former Transport Minister in the Tony Blair government has responsibility for setting policing priorities in the region, deciding the West Midlands Police budget and holding the chief constable – whom he has the power to appoint and dismiss – to account.
Sajid Javid MP
Conservative MP Sajid Javid is the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, a position he has held since May last year.
The Bromsgrove MP was previously culture minister and has also held office in the Treasury. Famously the son of a Rochdale bus driver, he won the Politician of the Year award at last year’s British Muslim Awards.
He has also been described as “the most robust right-winger in the cabinet” and is a slightly reluctant pro-European.
Jess Phillips MP
Jess Phillips was elected as Labour MP for Yardley in May. Before being elected, she was the manager of a charity supporting victims of domestic violence – a theme she has carried on as an MP. Yardley born and bred, she is an equalities campaigner and a community activist. In 2013 she received a Big Lunch Community Award, and she was named as Birmingham’s first Victims’ Champion, working to help victims of crime.
Salma Yaqoob is the former leader and former vice-chair of the Respect party. She is also a former Birmingham city councillor. In 2012 she announced her resignation from Respect after distancing herself from comments made by fellow party member George Galloway. She is employed as a community engagement manager at the Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust. In 2014, she was appointed independent chair of the Stakeholder Council of Birmingham South Central Clinical Commissioning Group. Last January, she was awarded an honorary doctorate from Birmingham City University.
Shabana Mahmood MP
Ladywood MP Shabana Mahmood has just been elected to represent Labour MPs on the party’s ruling National Executive Committee. She stood down from the shadow cabinet when Jeremy Corbyn became party leader, saying she couldn’t pretend to agree with him on economic matters. An Oxford-educated barrister, she was elected in 2010 and served as shadow home affairs, business and Treasury ministers.