Birmingham City Council leader Sir Albert Bore is facing more pressure over his two public sector jobs which pay him a combined salary of £110,000-a-year.
The Labour politician’s roles as leader of the council and chairman of the city’s University Hospitals Trust will be debated at a meeting of the authority on Tuesday.
A Conservative motion said it was “especially wrong” for a councillor to hold two publicly-funded roles when the hours demanded by the second job “clearly conflict” with council duties.
The motion, which did not mention Sir Albert by name, continued: “It effectively means taxpayers are paying a person two salaries to do two jobs in two places – but both at the same time.”
Sir Albert, who became council leader for a second time after Labour’s election victory last month, is expected to work full-time for the authority and three days a week for the health trust, which runs Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
He has so far resisted calls to resign from either of the jobs and insisted he put in more than his required hours on both.
Sir Albert said: “This is nothing short of a personal attack on me. It was fine for a Conservative cabinet member of the last eight years to have second job, but not for a Labour politician.”
He was referring to former cabinet member for human resources Alan Rudge who ran his legal firm by day and worked evenings at the council.
At a council meeting on June 12 Coun Deirdre Alden (Con, Edgbaston) challenged Sir Albert directly over the issue, comparing his working hours to the Beatles hit ‘Eight Days A Week’.
But Sir Albert replied that full time work was 37 hours a week and added: “My attendance and hours at Birmingham Council are far in excess of that and my attendance at the hospital trust is more than the requirement.”
Coun Alden said: “Whether or not Sir Albert is capable of doing both jobs, I am sure the perception among the taxpayers who pay his wages is that it is wrong.”