Labour should ditch its traditional seaside party conference venues and relocate to 'vibrant and diverse' Birmingham, a leading deputy leadership candidate urged today.
Harriet Harman, the Constitutional Affairs Minister, is to make holding the conference at Britain's "great cities" a key part of her election campaign.
She said: "Birmingham is transforming and is vibrant and diverse, and I think it would be a fantastic and exciting venue for the Labour Party Conference."
It follows the success of September's conference, when the party broke with tradition and held the event in Manchester.
In the past, party conferences took place in Brighton, Bournemouth or Blackpool.
Ms Harman has already announced she will be a candidate for the Deputy Leadership once John Prescott quits, at the same time as Tony Blair steps down.
The final decision on where to hold the conference lies with Labour's National Executive Committee, but Ms Harman will push for a change of policy if she is elected.
The party conferences attract huge media coverage and a global television audience.
Labour's event next year, in Bournemouth, is expected attract 50,000 delegates, exhibitors and media members, providing a #40 million boost to the local economy.
Ms Harman said the issue of the conferences came up when she met Labour activists in Birmingham.
"One of the things I discussed was how good for the party it was to go to Manchester, rather than just Brighton, Bournemouth or Blackpool.
"My point is that Labour is a national party. We have got many great cities in Britain and the Labour Party conference should rotate around those great cities, such as
Birmingham, Bristol, Newcastle and Manchester." Holding the conference at Manchester had been a huge benefit to the city, she said.
"Everyone who came away from Manchester had got a sense of where Manchester was and where it was going."
She added: "We are proud of our strengths in the great cities of the country and so to go to the centre of the Midlands for our annual conference would be very important."
Ms Harman was in Birmingham last week to meet Labour members in the Perry Barr constituency, as her unofficial campaign for the party deputy leadership built up steam.
She said she had received some "tough questioning" from activists in Perry Barr but had also received a lot of support.
"I spoke about the difficulties Labour and faced as well as the things we can be proud of."
Paul Tilsley, Deputy Leader of Birmingham City Council, said the authority would welcome the chance to host the Labour conference.
The battle for the deputy leadership became even more crowded last week when Education Secretary Alan Johnson announced that he planned to stand.
As well as Ms Harman, Cabinet ministers Peter Hain and Hilary Benn and left-wing backbencher Jon Cruddas also declared, and Leader of the Commons Jack Straw also expected to stand.
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Harriet Harman (Camberwell and Peckham): Joined Tony Blair's first cabinet as Social Security Secretary in 1997. Sacked a year later. Back in the Government as Solicitor General in 2001, and became a Minister for Constitutional Affairs in 2005.
Peter Hain (Neath): Very experienced Secretary of State for Wales and Northern Ireland.
Alan Johnson (Hull West): Education Secretary. Appointed as Minister for Higher Education in 2000 even though he had left school at 15.
Hilary Benn (Leeds Central): International Development Secretary and son of veteran left-winger Tony Benn. Believed to be Downing Street's favourite candidate to replace John Prescott.
John Cruddas (Dagenham): Most left-wing of the candidates. Considered to be an outsider in the contest. Former advisor to Tony Blair