A war of words broke out between Birmingham politicians last night after a report into the Lozells disturbances criticised a lack of effective leadership.
The Lozells Disturbances Summary Report, commissioned last July following the violence that left two men dead and dozens injured, said local community leadership "was found wanting" during the events and had adopted "confrontational or partisan styles".
The accusations angered community groups which claimed the report, commissioned by the Lozells Partnership Group, did not give them the opportunity to put across their point of view.
And Khalid Mahmood, the Labour MP for Perry Barr, branded the report as "disgraceful" and a waste of public funds.
He said he would be writing to the Home Office and the chief executive of Birmingham City Council to complain.
"To interview focus groups that criticise organisations and elected members, but not allow those criticised an opportunity to engage with the process, is disgraceful," he said.
"Key organisations and elected members have done huge amounts of work to engage the local community in Lozells. I cannot believe that this report could completely disengage them and then have the audacity to claim elected and community representation was ineffective."
But Mr Mahmood's claims were dismissed by Councillor Alan Rudge, the city council cabinet member for equalities and human resources, who accused the MP of playing politics.
"Khalid Mahmood has no idea what this report is about, he has already made some foolish quotes propagating the misguided idea that it was an investigation into criminal elements behind the riots," said Coun Rudge.
"It is not. It is about understanding how we can prevent such an occurrence happening again.
"The chief executive and I have already written to him to take issue with him about this. This is an independent report, not a city council report. It was done by Black Radley, who are experts in their field.
"The partnership commissioned an independent inquiry because we thought it would be good for the city and I believe most people agree. It would be better for the city and for Lozells if Mr Khalid Mahmood stopped playing politics with the report and helped us to work together."