About John

I’m one of the three Labour Councillors for the Shard End Ward, which covers the neighbourhoods of Shard End, Tile Cross, Kitts Green, Lea Village and Glebe Farm.


It’s a real privilege to serve  such a strong and vibrant local community.  As a local Councillor,  I’ve been working alongside residents on hard hitting campaigns to deal with local priorities, ranging from cracking down on anti-social behaviour to campaigning for improvements to public transport.

Getting more people involved in decision making and local action are real passions of mine, so I invest a lot of my time in attending community groups, public meetings or simply knocking on doors across the area and listening to residents’ views.

I’ve been a member of the City Council’s Cabinet since Labour took control following the 2012 local elections and I’m currently the Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing.  In this role I’m responsible for health and social care, public health, homelessness and housing allocation issues.   We have a real challenge, here in the ward and across Birmingham as a whole, to tackle the inequalities that affect people’s health and to ensure that everyone is able to enjoy a healthy, active lifestyle.


1306 HLB event 2This website is designed to give an insight into the work I am doing as a Councillor, both in the Shard End Ward and on the City Council.  Please do drop me a line to tell me what you think – I’m here to work for you!


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