The imminent elevation of Len Gregory to the dizzying heights of Lord Mayor has turned the thoughts of the Dear Leader to reshuffling the pack of jokers that constitutes his Cabinet of curiosities.
Not only does he have to replace Cllr Gregory at Street Services and Transportation, but it is rumoured that Tory Cllr Les Lawrence is about to face ejection from the inner circle as he is regarded as having gone native. Given that his other half, Chris Keates, is General Secretary of NASUWT, it can be said truthfully that he is in bed with the union. John Bercow, the current Speaker, is mistrusted by many Conservatives because he is perceived as far too wet and it doesn't help that his wife is a Labour candidate. Les is held in similar low esteem by some Tories, which is a shame because he's a decent bloke by all accounts and hasn't really dropped the ball with regard to education in Birmingham for the past five years, to be fair to the man. The same cannot be said for the child protection service under Les' control and the failure of this may prove to have been the final nail in his coffin
The jostling to replace him has begun in earnest, with various Conservatives vying for Whitless to show them some love, but it has been suggested that Len Clark may be the man for the job, following his devastating report on the state of child protection services within Birmingham City Council.