John ClancyLeader of Birmingham City Council, UK
Leader of Birmingham City Council, John Clancy has won four elections in the city. He has represented Quinton Ward, where he has lived for the last 25 years, since 2011 when he gained the seat from the Tories, and was re-elected in May 2015 for a further term. He won Hodge Hill for Labour from the Tories in a by-election in early 2002 and was re-elected in 2004, retiring at the end of his second term in 2006.
John has been a teacher for most of the last 30 years in comprehensive schools in areas of poverty. He is an English examiner for AQA exam board. A Law & English graduate (Keele University), John went to Law School at Manchester Metropolitan University and practised as a solicitor in Birmingham in the early 1990s, specialising in commercial and venture capital law. John was a visiting lecturer at the University of Birmingham Business School from 2009-14.
John has served on the City Council Planning Committee from 2004-2006 and from 2011 to date. He was the lead member for regeneration on the city council’s Labour Group 2005-06 and served on Education and Regeneration Scrutiny Committees 2002-2006, the Public Protection Committee 2005 and the Governance and Resources co-ordinating Scrutiny Committee 2013-14.
John serves on the Quinton Meadows Consultative Committee and the Woodgate Valley Country Park Consultative Committee. John has published 2 books recently: Blogs from the Blackstuff (2010) with Prof. David Bailey and The Secret Wealth Garden (2014). He writes a monthly column for the Birmingham Post newspaper on business matters.
He was Chair of Birmingham Edgbaston constituency Labour Party from 1995-2002. He chaired the Edgbaston CLP Campaigns Committee from 1995-2002 (including the run up to the famous 1997 General Election victory there) and was Gisela Stuart M.P.’s parliamentary agent in 2001.