The Birmingham councillor whose bid to snatch the city council Labour group leadership ended in heavy defeat says he has no regrets about standing.
John Clancy believes his challenge to veteran Labour leader Sir Albert Bore may even bring his colleagues closer together.
Coun Clancy was beaten by nine votes to 43 when he contested the leadership last week.
His manifesto argued that Labour should have done far better in the city council elections, even though the party gained 14 seats leaving it six short of an overall majority in the council chamber.
He accused Sir Albert of being a “part time” leader who spent too much time in the Council House and failed to organise Labour campaigns in many winnable wards across the city.
Coun Clancy is resigned to life on the backbenches following the abortive challenge.
He did not put his name forward for election to any of the shadow cabinet posts and says he intends to concentrate on representing his ward.
He added: “My first priority is to represent the people of Quinton and I intend to get stuck into that.”
But he will continue pressing for the 55-strong Labour group to put itself at the head of city-wide campaigns in a bid to drum up support for the party.
Coun Clancy said: “The most important thing we need to do is turn the Labour group into a campaigning body.
“I have had one or two brief conversations with Sir Albert. I offered him my full support
“I am going to continue pushing the importance of a campaigning role for the Labour group and I hope that my challenge enables us to focus on that.
“I know that Albert is focused on this as well.”
Asked whether he might challenge Sir Albert again next year, Coun Clancy said: “It is not my current intention to have another crack at the leadership.
“I have absolutely no regrets about standing. I was always going to stand and I felt it was the best time to do it.
“I hope my challenge unified the party and we can now move forward.”
“My fire is now trained on the Tory-Liberal Democrat coalition running the city council. My aim is to make life exceptionally difficult for them over the next year.”