Labour officials have launched a new bid to end the furious row over the choice of a candidate for Ladywood, by asking the head of an inquiry into the selection contest to meet local activists.
They hope that Amicus official Mike Griffiths, a member of Labour’s National Executive Committee, will be able to convince party members that barrister Shabana Mahmood was chosen fair and square to fight the inner-city seat.
Ladywood is a safe Labour constituency and Ms Mahmood is likely to win a place in the House of Commons at the next election.
But the selection contest, prompted by the decision of high profile Ladywood MP Clare Short to stand down over a party policy disagreement, has divided local activists following claims that Birmingham city councillor Yvonne Mosquito was unfairly robbed of the chance to fight the seat.
Mr Griffiths was called in to investigate and led a six-month inquiry, which concluded earlier this month that Ms Mahmood was the legitimate winner of the selection contest.
But this has not been enough as supporters of Coun Mosquito continue to claim the process was weighted against her.
Now, regional party officials are planning to hold a meeting for party members where they can put their concerns directly to Mr Griffiths.
Controversy has focused on the process used to choose a candidate, and whether Labour obeyed its own rules. Concerns have also been raised that Labour is failing to appoint African-Caribbean candidates, such as Coun Mosquito, in winnable seats.
The biggest bone of contention was the decision to prevent party members from voting unless they joined before October 2006, just after Ms Short announced her plans to retire as an MP.
Under Labour rules, every selection contest has a date by which members must have joined in order to be eligible to take part to prevent people joining specifically to back a particular candidate.
But supporters of Coun Mosquito, a Nechells councillor, claimed officials had chosen a freeze date which was designed to favour Ms Mahmood.
Officials claim that the cut-off point was designed to let anyone who had been a member when Ms Short made her announcement, during a speech at Birmingham University, take part in the selection.
Ms Mahmood receive 118 votes from party activists against 99 for Coun Mosquito.