Despite the outcome of an inquiry into the selection of Labour’s new candidate for Ladywood, controversy over the decision is unlikely to end.
Coun Yvonne Mosquito has not revealed whether she intends to continue her campaign to have the selection decision reversed, but it is hard to see what more she could do even if she declined to accept the finding.
A detailed investigation has concluded that Shabana Mahmood was chosen by activists to fight the seat, and that the process for picking a candidate complied with the rules of the party.
But while the formal complaints focused on procedures, much of the anger over the decision really resulted from a perception that Labour was favouring one potential candidate over another, and possibly for racial or religious reasons.
Labour figures such as Harriet Harman, the party’s deputy leader, have made no secret of their desire to see more Muslims in the House of Commons and involved in politics generally.And it has often been suggested that Muslim women, in particular, need to be encouraged to play a more high-profile role in civil society.
When any group of people is underrepresented, it makes sense to try to find out why, and what can be done to redress the balance.
But too much focus on ethnicity, even with the noblest intentions, also has its pitfalls.
People become defined by their race or religion, whether they like it or not. Ms Mahmood’s religion is seen as significant, because the Government and Labour have themselves placed so much stress on bringing Muslims into politics.
Meanwhile, Britain’s black communities - mainly Christian - are also under-represented in the House of Commons, but do not seem to receive the same level of attention.
Ladywood, with its large African-Carribean population, would have been an obvious place for Labour to appoint a capable black candidate, giving Birmingham its first black MP, but it wasn’t to be.
The disappointment and concern from sections of the community is understandable.
Both Coun Mosquito and Ms Mahmood have insisted in the past that they wanted to be MPs to represent the entire community, not one section of it.
Nobody doubts their sincerity, and this is no doubt what either of them would do to the best of their abilities if elected.
But it is a sign of the divisions in our society, sometimes fostered by well-intentioned but misguided policy makers, that so many of us are labelled according to our beliefs or ethnic origins.