A Midland MP is set to be reported to the parliamentary watchdog after he was accused of attempting to intervene in the Birmingham vote-rigging case.
Roger Godsiff was heavily criticised by barristers at the election court yesterday after it was revealed he had written to Judge Richard Mawrey criticising the way the City Council had organised last June's local elections.
When he received the letters the judge handed them to the barristers because he said he did not want to be prejudiced by the Labour MP.
The contents have been seen by the lawyers who are now pressing for the Sparkbrook and Small Heath MP's conduct to be formally reported to the Parliamentary Standards Board and the Speaker.
Jerry Hayes, a former Conservative MP who is representing two of the Aston councillors who are accused of vote-rigging, said: "In my opinion it is a serious misjudgment for a Member of Parliament to contact a sitting judge.
"I have never heard of an MP writing to a judge during a case and I think this is a matter that ought to be put towards the Parliamentary commission for standards."
Philip Coppel, who is representing the returning officer in the case, said: "Everyone knows that writing to a judge during the course of a hearing could influence a judgement. One would have thought Mr Godsiff would have thought properly about this."
Judge Mawrey said: "Clearly no one should have contact with a judge who is trying a case, particularly one as sensitive as this, and I am quite prepared for this matter to be brought before Parliament."
The trial is investigating alleged postal vote fraud in Aston. Evidence has already been heard about alleged vote-rigging in Bordesley Green, which is in Mr Godsiff's constituency.