Two outspoken Birmingham Labour MPs have been reselected to fight the General Election.

Sparkbrook and Small Heath MP Roger Godsiff and his Perry Barr colleague Khalid Mahmood were both backed by their local Labour Party branches and trade union members. Their reselection ballots had been held up until Monday because the branches had been suspended amid legal disputes over membership.

Roger Godsiff won despite criticism by Labour colleagues, earlier this year, when he said Britain was full and could take no more economic migrants. He was also drawn into the controversy over vote-rigging in last year's local elections after writing to the judge sitting at the High Court hearing exploring the allegations.

Mr Mahmood was said to be under pressure in Perry Barr because of his support for the Government over the Iraq war. He said: "I have been endorsed by all the local parties and am glad to have this vote of confidence."