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SIMON HAS A MAYOR OVER RESIGNATION

03-02-2010

How can you tell if a politician is lying? His lips are moving. Who can blame the public for having such a cynical attitude to their elected representatives when the likes of Sion Simon insist they are staying in parliament – only to announce they are standing down little more than three weeks later.

The Erdington MP and Creative Industries Minister was adamant at the start of the month that he was staying put, after we reported rumours of his impending resignation.

It was all just “tittle tattle” we were told by colleagues.

Honest hacks like the Birmingham Post’s Jon Walker dutifully reported Simon's denials (it was all "nonsense" he said) - only to look foolish now that he has backtracked.

We said it was time he pulled his finger out as Creative Industries Minister and did something positive for his home city. Now he has.

Bizarrely, Simon – who is in the process of repaying £21,000 after breaching Commons expenses rules - says that he wants to stand as Birmingham’s first elected Mayor, a post which doesn’t even exist.

But why he thinks voters should back him, when anything he says might be reversed less than a month later, remains a mystery.

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