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Bore: Council was never as badly run as some say - and I enjoyed it.

FORMER Labour leader Sir Albert Bore admitted he may be a little masochistic for enjoying the hard work and cut and thrust of running Birmingham City Council for so long.

Sir Albert, who has led the council from 1999-2004 and again since 2012, received a standing ovation from all sides of Birmingham Council Chamber as he officially stepped down.

Behind the scenes, Birmingham's politicians are still picking over the bones of a difficult leadership contest but in public they united to pay tribute to him.

Delivering his resignation he said: "It's been a privilege to have been leader of this city council, not just once but twice.

"I've enjoyed my role which may seem a little masochistic."

He had a reputation as a workaholic, never off duty.

He added: "Twelve-hour days have been all too common."

The final speech was also used to attack critics who have branded the authority a failure in recent years.

"Without seeming to be in denial, I have never believed that the city council has been as badly run as some people have suggested.

"Despite budget cuts we have continued to deliver services and play a leading role in the city."

He said the Government commissioners had recognised improvement in education and children's social services and even Lord Kerslake, whose damning report last year indirectly led to Sir Albert's resignation, had last week said that the council had taken great strides to improve-ment.

Opposition Tory leader Robert Alden said although he does not agree with Sir Albert on many things he praised his vision on city centre regeneration and the development at the QE Hospital and life sciences park.

Coun Clancy said that while many rightly highlighted Sir Albert's reputation for regeneration, he should also be remembered for his introduction of the living wage for staff.

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