Mirza Ahmad: ‘I can run Birmingham and be a barrister at the same time’

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Mirza Ahmad has become the first of Birmingham’s mayoral candidates to suggest that he would be able to combine running the city with a second full time job.

Dr Ahmad, a lawyer, is promising to accept only a “fraction” of any recommended pay package for the mayor, but intends to continue to practice as a barrister from St Philip’s chambers.

The former Director of Corporate Governance and Monitoring Officer at the city council also took a sideswipe at his former colleagues, describing them as working in “highly overpaid, inefficient and ineffective structures”.

He made it clear that he would abolish the post of Read the rest of this entry »

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Legal chief urged to investigate claim that Mike Whitby ‘self-promotion’ website breaks council rules

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Birmingham City Council leader Mike Whitby is facing a possible inquiry over claims that his new website breaches strict rules preventing politicians using local authority resources for “self-promotion”.

Hours after the site, www.mikewhitby.org.uk was launched, a complaint about its content was lodged by former council Director of Corporate Governance and Monitoring Officer Mirza Ahmad.

Dr Ahmad wrote to the city’s Chief Legal Officer David Tatlow urging him to take action and “address the breach at once”, or face a formal complaint about Coun Whitby’s conduct to the Birmingham Standards Committee, which has powers Read the rest of this entry »


Mirza makes bold mayoral move, while Liam Byrne’s silence raises more questions

Former Birmingham City Council legal executive Mirza Ahmad has  confirmed one of the worst kept secrets in local politics – he will run as an Independent candidate for elected mayor, if the May referendum delivers a yes vote.

Dr Ahmad chose Twitter to state that it was no longer the case that he may put himself forward, but that he ‘will stand’ if the poll on May 3 delivers a clear vote in favour of replacing the council leader and cabinet with a mayor.

In an exchange with blogger Politics in Brum, he declared: “Underestimate the Independent candidate (s) at your peril”.

The statements are in contrast to Dr Ahmad’s previous position, as set out in the Chamberlain Files, that whether or not he would stand was an inappropriate question in advance of the referendum. However, he did couch that with words familiar to generations of politicians, that if friends and colleagues asked him to consider…..then he’d have to think very carefully.

Dr Ahmad said: “There has been a significant change in my position. I hope that the people of Birmingham Read the rest of this entry »


Mirza Ahmad guest post: I’ll put Birmingham first if I’m elected mayor

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Dr Mirza Ahmad was until last year Corporate Director of Governance at Birmingham City Council following an 11-year career with the authority. He now works as barrister at St Philips Chambers in the city.

Following on from my previous guest posting on the Chamberlain Files, I have been asked by a number of people in (and out of) the city as to whether I will stand as the Elected Mayor for Birmingham.

This is, of course, an inappropriate question – at this stage – as Birmingham must first vote in a referendum to have an elected mayor before any candidates can stand to become an Elected Mayor.

It is, however, true that I have had lots of positive feedback and been encouraged to stand Read the rest of this entry »


Guest post by Dr Mirza Ahmad: Current mayoral candidates represent Birmingham’s past

Mirza Ahmad

Dr Mirza Ahmad was until last year Corporate Director of Governance at Birmingham City Council following an 11-year career with the authority. He now works as barrister at St Philips Chambers in the city.

 

Let me make it clear for the record: I have supported the principle of having a strong directly elected mayor for major cities of Britain since I visited the USA on a study tour, with other top local government officials, in search of the “enabling council” in the early 1990’s. Read the rest of this entry »