Liam Byrne 'to quit to run for Birmingham mayor'
Published: 29th Mar 2012 17:44:33
Liam Byrne is expected to say he will resign from the shadow cabinet, if Birmingham votes for an elected mayor.
The Birmingham Hodge Hill MP has been Labour's spokesman on work and pensions since October 2010.
Birmingham is among English cities holding a referendum on whether they want a directly-elected mayor on 3 May.
A Labour source said he was expected to formally announce his intention to run for the job on Friday, in the event of a "yes" vote in the referendum.
Fellow Labour MP Gisela Stuart, MP for Edgbaston and former Labour MP Sion Simon have also been linked with the Labour candidacy.
If Birmingham decides to have an elected mayor, Labour and the other political parties are expected to hold ballots to select their candidates in the early summer.
Mayoral elections are then scheduled to be held in November - on the same day as elections for police commissioners.
Mayoral referendums are also being held in nine other cities, including Manchester and Newcastle. In Doncaster, which already has an elected mayor, residents will be asked if they want to keep the current system.
Mr Byrne was number two in the Treasury under the former Labour chancellor Alistair Darling, having held a range of ministerial positions under Gordon Brown and Tony Blair.
He famously left a note in the Treasury before the 2010 general election telling his successor that "I am afraid there is no money left". He later apologised, describing the comment as "flippant".
Mr Byrne has represented his Birmingham constituency since 2004.
At 12:58:39 in EnglandA poem about the killing of PC Keith Blakelock during riots in north London was written by the man accused of his murder, a court has heard.
At 12:58:21 in SportKent have announced a pre-interest and pre-tax profit of £156,778 for the financial year to November 2013.
At 12:56:04 in ScotlandA hamster has been found abandoned inside a plastic play tube in Edinburgh.
At 12:55:09 in BusinessThe sometimes fraught relationship between leaseholders and their freeholders is going to be investigated by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT).
At 12:54:04 in HeadlinesIndia's Supreme Court has ordered the continuing detention of businessman Subrata Roy and asked his firm to come up with a plan to repay its investors.
At 12:53:21 in SportCrystal Palace winger Jason Puncheon has been fined £15,000 by the Football Association and warned about his future conduct for Twitter comments he made in relation to former boss Neil Warnock.
At 12:52:43 in HeadlinesA second witness at the murder trial of South African athlete Oscar Pistorius has told a court in the capital Pretoria she was awoken by the sounds of a fight early on 14 February 2013.
At 12:42:01 in PoliticsThere is a risk that "deliberate provocation" could give rise to a dangerous incident in Ukraine, Foreign Secretary William Hague has warned.
At 12:41:48 in EnglandA residential treatment programme for addicts which closed in Yeovil is to reopen after the charity running it merged with another organisation.
At 12:40:03 in ScotlandPolice Scotland has exceeded its target to recruit 1,000 additional officers.
Harvard CitationBBC News, 2012. Liam Byrne 'to quit to run for Birmingham mayor' [Online] (Updated 29th Mar 2012)
Available at: http://www.ukwirednews.com/news/1419585/Liam-Byrne-to-quit-to-run-for-Birmingham-mayor [Accessed 10th Mar 2014]
News In Other Categories
Fawlty Towers star Prunella Scales has "a sort of mild Alzheimer's", her husband Tim West has revealed in the Radio Times.
There is a risk that "deliberate provocation" could give rise to a dangerous incident in Ukraine, Foreign Secretary William Hague has warned.
The law needs to be changed to stop ticket touts overcharging fans ahead of the Rugby World Cup, an MP has said.
Two hospitals missed opportunities to take action against a consultant breast surgeon who was performing unnecessary or incomplete operations, a review has found.
The sometimes fraught relationship between leaseholders and their freeholders is going to be investigated by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT).
Kent have announced a pre-interest and pre-tax profit of £156,778 for the financial year to November 2013.