An MP has called for a stay of execution for the Birmingham's Sports Argus which is earmarked to close at the end of the season.

Birmingham Sparkbrook/Small Heath Labour MP Roger Godsiff has laid down an early day motion in the House of Commons which asks parent company Trinity Mirror to "put a moratorium on its decision."

Mr Godsiff's move came as the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) launched a campaign aimed at saving the Birmingham Mail's 109-year-old "sports pink" title.

However, a spokesman for Trinity Mirror said: "The Birmingham Mail's decision to publish the Sports Argus as part of its main paper follows similar moves by many newspapers across the UK.

"The timing of football fixtures has changed enormously in recent years, readers' habits have changed and the rise of multimedia has also had a big impact.

"The result is that the Argus is no longer viable as a Saturday evening stand-alone title. The sad fact is that the traditional evening pink has simply had its day."

The last Argus is set to run on FA Cup Final day May 13.

Two full time staff working on the Argus - including editor Jason White - are in a 90 day consultation period over possible redundancy.

Mail editor Steve Dyson has said the newspaper was making every effort to absorb the two into its operation.