Labour’s John Clancy blames ‘frenzied media speculation’ for decision, following collapse of deal struck with Unite to end seven-week strike

Birmingham’s council leader has stepped down after failing to resolve the city’s bin war, which saw rubbish go uncollected in the city for seven weeks this summer.

Labour’s John Clancy, who only became leader in December 2015, blamed “ill-informed” and “frenzied” media speculation for his departure.

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