Bernadette McNally
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Birmingham children's services boss quits before starting

The person appointed to take over as executive director for children's services in Birmingham is "no longer interested in taking up the role", the city council has said.

Bernie McNally had been due to take up the post at the beginning of November.

Birmingham's children's services have been rated inadequate since 2008.

Birmingham City Council said the news was "disappointing" as it thought it had appointed "an excellent candidate".