Violence in the streets of Birmingham has been condemned by a senior Cabinet Minister in the House of Commons.
Geoff Hoon, the Leader of the Commons, said: "Violence can never be a legitimate way of expressing grievances."
And he praised West Midlands Police for the way they handled tensions in Lozells.
He was speaking in response to Khalid Mahmood (Lab), MP for Perry Barr, who said the trouble had been caused by a small number of criminals.
The MP said: "Will he join me in paying tribute to the emergency services, and the police in particular, after one of their number was shot."
He added: " My constituents have not been easily taken in by a small number of criminal elements, who wanted to divide the community and have not been successful."
Mr Mahmood praised those who were trying to remain united.
"Would you ensure that those people are supported to ensure that our communities in the cities of Birmingham and my constituency stay together because it's about unity in constituencies that we need for those communities."
His comments received a big cheer from MPs on all sides of the House.
Fierce clashes on Saturday saw an innocent bystander, 23-year-old Isiah Young-Sam, knifed to death by a gang of up to 11 men.