The House of Commons has paid tribute to Sir Richard Knowles, the former leader of Birmingham City Council who died this week.
The former shipbuilder, who led the way in transforming the city in the 1980s and early 1990s, has been remembered as one of the giants of local government.
So far 29 MPs from all parties have signed a Commons motion paying tribute to his "courageous leadership".
Sir Richard, who would have been 91 in May, was city council leader from 1984 to 1993.
He was influential in creating the city's International Convention Centre and Symphony Hall, off Broad Street, which put Birmingham on the cultural map.
The Commons motion, drawn up by Richard Burden (Lab Northfield) and Gisela Stuart (Lab Edgbaston), said: "This House salutes the life of Sir Richard Knowles, including his service as Lord Mayor of Birmingham and the courageous leadership he showed as Leader of Birmingham City Council between 1984 and 1993 in transforming Birmingham's standing as a world-class European city."
The MPs also praised his commitment to the ideals of the Co-operative and Labour movement, and his work as "a tireless campaigner for social justice and local democracy."
They said the House of Commons "expresses its sadness at his loss on 17th February 2008 at the age of 90 years; and conveys its condolences to his wife, Anne, to his son, Bill, and to all his family."
The tribute has united politicians of all parties and from across the West Midlands region, and further afield.
Those putting their name to the motion so far include Jim Cunningham (Lab Coventry South), Sion Simon (Lab Erdington), Clare Short (Ind Ladywood), Steve McCabe (Lab Hall Green), Ken Purchase (Lab Wolver-hampton North East), Geoffrey Robinson (Lab Coventry North West), John Spellar (Lab Warley) and Kelvin Hopkins (Lab Luton North).
It was also signed by Brian Jenkins (Lab Tamworth), Lynne Jones (Lab Selly Oak), Fraser Kemp (Lab Houghton & Washington East), David Kidney (Lab Stafford), Khalid Mahmood (Lab Perry Barr), Andrew Mitchell (Con Sutton Coldfield), George Mudie (lab Leeds East), Bill Olner (Lab Nuneaton), Ann Cryer (Lab Keighley), Janet Dean (Lab Burton), Mark Fisher (Lab Stoke Central), Bruce George (Lab Walsall South), Charlotte Atkins (Lab Staffordshire Moorlands), Peter Bottomley (Con Worthing West), David Wright (Lab Telford), John Hemming (Lib Dem Yardley), Ian Austin (Lab Dudley North) and Lynda Waltho (Lab Stourbridge).
Sir Richard was originally from Kent but became known as "Mr Birmingham" because of his commitment to his adopted home.
He made rallying calls urging Brummies to be "proud of their city" and to stand on their own two feet while working together. He spearheaded a failed attempt to bring the 1992 Olympics to Birmingham, but his most talked about achievement was the ground-breaking use of European money to bring the International Convention Centre and Symphony Hall to Broad Street.