The fifth attempt in six years to oust Birmingham Labour leader Sir Albert Bore has failed.
Sir Albert, who heads the Labour opposition on the city council, easily saw off a challenge by Tyburn councillor Mike Olley at the group's annual meeting on Saturday.
Coun Olley managed only 15 votes against 29 for Sir Albert.
The deputy leadership of the Labour group went to Ian Ward, a key supporter of Sir Albert.
Coun Ward (Shard End) received 31 votes against 13 for Coun John Clancy (Hodge Hill).
Sir Albert's backers were jubilant at the emphatic nature of the victory.
Coun Olley and Coun Clancy first signalled their leadership ambitions at Christmas, when they told Sir Albert that he had lost the confidence of colleagues and should stand down. An attempt to table a noconfidence resolution was ruled out of order by the regional Labour Party.
Two years ago Coun Olley was involved in another failed coup against Sir Albert when he stood for the deputy group leadership. Sir Albert's former deputy Andy Howell stood for the leadership on that occasion. Both Howell and Olley were trounced.