Statement - Cllr Majid Mahmood
Cllr Majid Mahmood has resigned from his role as Cabinet Member for Clean Streets, Waste and Recycling.
Leader of the council Cllr Ian Ward said: "The people of Birmingham want us to resolve the waste collection dispute as quickly as possible and cabinet members agreed a way forward on Monday 14 January, but unfortunately Cllr Mahmood changed his mind and was subsequently unwilling to support that way forward.
"I thank Cllr Mahmood for his efforts over the last four years, but being in the Cabinet requires collective responsibility, respect for the respective roles of officers and members, and the courage to take tough decisions in the interests of those we serve.
"Our focus now is to test our legal advice and seek a resolution to this dispute through binding arbitration at ACAS.
"Our focus as a Cabinet is to resolve this dispute and to deliver clean streets, homes, jobs and opportunities for the people of Birmingham. Despite huge cuts we are achieving tremendous things for the people of this city, with the newly announced £1.5bn Smithfield development bringing jobs and homes, and the Commonwealth Games transforming our world standing in 2022.”
A new cabinet member will be named in due course.