A Birmingham MP and a member of the city council cabinet are engaged in an extraordinary public feud which ended up in the House of Commons yesterday.
Gisela Stuart (Lab Edgbaston) complained to the Deputy Speaker of the Commons after she was kicked out of a ward meeting in Birmingham.
She claimed Coun John Lines (Con Bartley Green), was preventing her from doing her job as an MP - an offence which, in theory, could result in a jail sentence.
But Coun Lines was unrepentant last night. He said Ms Stuart had proved she did not want to work in partnership with the council - after she backed another MP who called for him to resign from the city cabinet, last year.
Ms Stuart complained to the Deputy Speaker about an incident last Thursday, when she tried to attend a meeting of Bartley Green Ward Advisory Board, in her constituency.
She was told by Coun Lines, who was chairing the event, to leave - or he would cancel the meeting.
Ms Stuart told the House of Commons: "I was prevented from doing my duty as a member of Parliament, which is to represent my constituents."
Sylvia Heal, the Deputy Speaker and MP for Halesowen and Rowley Regis, advised her to make a written complaint to the Speaker.
But Coun Lines defended himself, saying Ms Stuart was not a member of the advisory board and had not been invited to the meeting.
"I told her before the meeting that I didn't want it to be disrupted by her. But she decided to gatecrash it anyway.
"The advisory board is for local people who live in the ward. I did not want it used as a political football.
"She has called for my resignation as cabinet member for housing.
I find that dastardly. It was a personal attack on me."
The board, which includes councillors and representatives of local groups such as residents' associations, has no formal decision-making power. However, it makes recommendations to ward and district committees, which make decisions about funding.
Any person who obstructs or impedes an MP in the performance of their duties could theoretically be found guilty of contempt of Parliament.
The latest outbreak of feuding comes after business leaders complained local politicians were failing to fight for the city at Westminster.
Malcolm Gloster, a partner at property agents GVA Grimley, claimed that Birmingham's MPs were not sufficiently "heavyweight".