Albert Bore

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Sir Albert Bore
Cllr Sir Albert Bore.jpg
Bore in May 2012
Leader of Birmingham City Council
In office
3 May 2012 – 1 December 2015
Preceded by Mike Whitby
Succeeded by John Clancy
In office
May 1999 – May 2004
Preceded by Theresa Stewart
Succeeded by Mike Whitby
Personal details
Born 1946 (age 69–70)
Ayrshire, Scotland
Political party Labour
Occupation
  • Politician
  • Academic

Sir Albert Bore (born 1946 in Ayrshire, Scotland[1]) is a British nuclear physicist, academic and Labour Party politician.

Bore has a doctorate in nuclear reactor physics from the University of Birmingham and worked as a lecturer in nuclear physics at Aston University from 1974 to 1999. He has served as a member of Birmingham City Council for Ladywood ward since 1980. He led the Labour Party group between 1999 and 2015, serving as Leader of the Council from 1999 to 2004 and from 2012 to 2015. On 22 October 2015, Bore resigned as Leader effective 1 December, when he was succeeded by his Labour party colleague John Clancy.

Career[edit]

Academic career[edit]

Bore moved to Birmingham in 1969 to study for a doctorate in nuclear reactor physics at the University of Birmingham.[2] He was a lecturer in nuclear physics at Aston University from 1974 to 1999.[1][2][3] In addition to his PhD, he holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Aston.

Political career[edit]

In 1980, Bore was elected to Birmingham City Council from the Ladywood ward, quickly gaining a reputation as a "left-wing firebrand".[2] He has been re-elected ever since and is the longest-serving member of the Council.[2] Bore has been a leading proponent of devolution and localism agendas in local governance since entering politics in 1974. He has published and lectured widely across Europe and internationally on the subject of city-building, urban renewal, devolution and local governance.

He is an elected Councillor for the Birmingham Ladywood ward (1980-), and was leader of the Labour Group of Birmingham City Council (1999-2015;[4] succeeding Theresa Stewart), Leader of Birmingham City Council (2012–2015 and from 1999[3]–2004) and Chair of the Economic Development portfolio. He was the Chair of the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust(2006–13).[1][3] He is an elected Member of the European Union's Committee of the Regions (CoR; 1992-)[1] and its former President (2002–2004). He is a Director of the Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership.

He stood for Birmingham Selly Oak in the 1987 general election, losing to Conservative incumbent Anthony Beaumont-Dark by 20,721 votes (39.3%) to 23,305 (44.2%).

As Chair of Economic Development and Leader of Birmingham City Council, he was responsible for shaping the major social and economic regeneration of Birmingham during the 1980s and 1990s. This included the negotiation and delivery of one of the first public private partnerships in the UK with the then Conservative government and channelling-in European regional aid funding. This provided infrastructural leverage and partnerships that made him directly involved in the creation of the International Convention Centre (ICC),[3] the National Indoor Arena (NIA), Birmingham's Symphony Hall, the re-development of Brindley Place and refurbishment of The Mailbox and canalsides in the central area of Birmingham, the pedestrianisation of New Street[3] and removal of the "concrete collar" road network in the central Birmingham area and the redevelopment of the Bull Ring,[3] now one of the busiest shopping areas in the UK.

In 1986 Bore formed the Eurocities network[1] between the cities of Birmingham, Barcelona, Frankfurt, Milan, Lyon and Rotterdam.

As a member of the EU-Committee of the Regions since its creation in 1992, he has drafted legislative opinions on behalf of local government across Europe on issues including, the European Convention of Human Rights, the Lisbon Treaty, EU-Enlargement, EU-Economic, Social and Territorial Cohesion Policies and the European Union budget.

Business career[edit]

Bore is a non-executive director of Birmingham Symphony Hall, Optima Community Housing Association, Marketing Birmingham, National Exhibition Centre Limited, Colmore Business District Ltd and Birmingham Technology Ltd. From 1999-2004 he was a board member of the West Midlands Regional Development Agency.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Bore has two adult sons, doctor Omar Hafeez-Bore and businessman Firaz Hafeez-Bore,[5] from his first marriage to Najma Hafeez, a management consultant, former Birmingham City Councillor and former Chairwoman of City Hospital.[6][7] In 1995 he was acquitted of assault after she accused him of throwing coffee in her face.[2] In 2002, Bore met Victoria Quinn in Brussels as he attended the Committee of the Regions.[8] They began dating shortly after, married in 2014 and they have a daughter, Kristi Bore, together.[5][9] Quinn is also a Councillor, for the Sparkbrook ward, to which she was elected in a November 2011 by-election to succeed Salma Yaqoob.[10]

Bore was knighted in the 2002 New Year honours for services to local government.[3][11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Pilkington, Lisa (2012-06-30). "Sir Albert Bore: Back to the future". Estates Gazette. Retrieved 10 October 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Neil Elkes (15 October 2015). "Sir Albert still has ambitions for Birmingham". The Birmingham Post. Retrieved 3 July 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "Sir Albert Bore". Birmingham Post. Retrieved 2010-04-29. 
  4. ^ http://www.thechamberlainfiles.com/sir-albert-bore-announces-his-resignation-as-birmingham-council-leader/
  5. ^ a b Dee Katwa (19 May 2012). "Goodbye Mike Whitby, welcome Albert Bore". Asian Voice. Retrieved 3 July 2016. 
  6. ^ Neil Elkes (13 June 2016). "Najma Hafeez: Brum's first Muslim woman councillor aiming to be West Midlands mayor". The Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 3 July 2016. 
  7. ^ "Erdington millionaire in court charged with assaulting former city councillor wife". The Birmingham Mail. 24 October 2012. Retrieved 3 July 2016. 
  8. ^ Jon Griffin (4 August 2014). "Sir Albert Bore marries Birmingham councillor Victoria Quinn". The Birmingham Post. Retrieved 3 July 2016. 
  9. ^ Graeme Brown (7 August 2014). "Birmingham City Council leader Sir Albert Bore weds". The Birmingham Post. Retrieved 3 July 2016. 
  10. ^ "Labour Party celebrate by-election win in Sparkbrook". The Birmingham Mail. 11 November 2011. Retrieved 3 July 2016. 
  11. ^ "Honours shared across England". BBC. 2001-12-31. Retrieved 2010-04-29. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Theresa Stewart
Leader of Birmingham City Council
1999 to 2004
Succeeded by
Mike Whitby
Preceded by
Mike Whitby
Leader of Birmingham City Council
2012 to 2015
Succeeded by
John Clancy