A former Birmingham Labour councillor who was cleared of ballot rigging and electoral fraud has been blocked from receiving an award for lengthy public service.
Conservative and Liberal Democrat councillors voted against a proposal to make Muhammad Afzal an Honorary Alderman - a title routinely given to long-serving former councillors.
Mr Afzal, who served on the council for more than 20 years, was one of six Labour councillors named and shamed by a High Court judge following an election court hearing into postal vote fraud in Aston and Bordesley Green.
He was later cleared at the Court of Appeal, which decided that Mr Afzal took no part in corrupt practices.
He was, however, banned from standing as a candidate at the Aston by-election because of general corruption in Birmingham, in which he played no part.
The snub to Mr Afzal, delivered at a full city council meeting, infuriated Labour and brought into question the future of the Alderman system.
It was the first time that the council had rejected a proposal to bestow the title on a former councillor.
Sir Albert Bore, leader of the Labour opposition group on the council, called the decision "spiteful".
He said: "There was absolutely no reason why Muhammad Afzal should not have been given the title Honorary Alderman. He meets both of the qualifications, which are that Aldermen must have been a councillor for 15 years or served for at least 12 years as a committee chairman.
"He has served Birmingham well over many years and to be treated in this way is diabolical. It is a matter of personal political spite by those who voted against."
Labour is likely to block all further attempts to elect Honorary Aldermen, whichever party they hail from.
Under the council's rules, at least two-thirds of members at a meeting must vote in favour of a proposition to bestow Aldermanship. Labour, with 46 out of the 120 council members, can easily block future resolutions.