The housing secretary, Michael Gove, announced on Tuesday that commissioners will run Birmingham city council, the UK’s largest authority, after the council issued a section 114 notice stating it did not have the resources to balance its budget. Speaking in parliament, Gove said: ‘Poor leadership, weak governance, woeful mismanagement of employee relations and ineffective service delivery have harmed the city.’

The deputy Labour leader, Angela Rayner, hit back: ‘Birmingham has experienced some of the most severe cuts of the last 13 years.’ She added: ‘Local authorities across the country are struggling and after 13 years; he can’t possibly say it is all their fault.’