At long last, the people of Kingstanding can have a real councillor working for them, as the High Court in London declared the correct result from May 5th's election battles and corrected the mistake to removed the 'councillor who never was.' For all her promises of hard work, Sharon Ebanks never bothered to turn up to either of the full council meetings during her brief tenure.
Sion Simon makes a fair point about the need for Labour recognising that there are issues in the white working-class wards. There will always be the bile-filled nutters who use the BNP as an outlet for their hatred of other human beings, but there is a percentage of the BNP vote that feels ignored and we need to be making our case to them. They are typically working-class voters who have always voted Labour, but some do feel let down and abandoned by us, so seek the solace offered by the cheap policies of the BNP, while others simply don't vote. We need to remind them that Labour does deliver for them and prove it by ensuring that their concerns about crime, the local environment, education and employment are properly addressed, as well as tackling the lies put out by the BNP. That's our challenge - to show that real political parties - not those based on lies and hate - are able to make a real positive difference to their lives.
Odin's Eye will be back with her own special brand of political insight and her generosity of spirit, but we must be ready to prove that Labour is the only viable choice for Kingstanding and the rest of Birmingham.
Congratulations to Cath Grundy on resuming her rightful place in the council chamber.