Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper has emerged as a favourite to become the new Labour leader among Birmingham’s Labour MPs.
She has the public support of at least four of the city’s nine Labour MPs, more than any other contender so far, as Labour chooses a leader to replace Ed Miliband.
City MPs backing Mrs Cooper include Selly Oak MP Steve McCabe, a shadow education minister, and Ladywood MP Shabana Mahmood, the Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury.
She also has the backing of Perry Barr MP Khalid Mahmood and Jess Phillips, the who became MP for Yardley in the election earlier this month.
Black Country MP Ian Austin (Lab Dudley North) is also supporting Mrs Cooper, as is Warley MP John Spellar.
Birmingham Edbgaston MP Gisela Stuart is supporting Liz Kendall, the shadow care minister, who is seen as the “modernising” or Blairite candidate.
Mrs Kendall is also backed by Stoke MP Tristram Hunt, the Shadow Education Secretary; Wolverhampton North East MP Emma Reynolds, the Shadow Local Government Secretary, and Wolverhampton South East MP Pat McFadden, the Shadow Minister for Europe.
Birmingham MPs Liam Byrne (Lab Hodge Hill), Roger Godsiff (Lab Hall Green) and Jack Dromey (Lab Erdington) have not publicly expressed support for any candidate.
Mr Burden said he had told all the candidates he wanted to hear what they had to say, and would make a decision once he had spoken to them all.
Andy Burnham, the Shadow Health Secretary, is seen by many commentators as the favourite for the post, but does not appear to have the public backing of any West Midlands MPs so far.
Black Country MP Tom Watson (Lab West Bromwich East) will have the support of many West Midland Labour MPs in his campaign to become Labour’s next Deputy Leader.
Mr Godsiff has written to colleagues arguing that the party needs to adopt “radical policies” in order to win the next election.
He said in a letter written to fellow MPs: “We should be bold and be prepared to embrace new, innovative and radical ideas while holding true to the core beliefs on which the Party was founded.”
He added: “What I am absolutely convinced about, however, is that if we plant our standard in the ‘soggy centre’ of British politics and try to be ‘all things to all people’ then we will end up like the Lib Dems.”
The Liberal Democrats lost 49 seats in the general election and have been reduced to a group of just eight in the House of Commons.
Mr Godsiff insisted “radical” did not mean left wing or right wing. He said he increased his majority in Hall Green by supporting a referendum on qutting the EU and tougher immigration controls as well as taking the railways back into public ownership and giving small shareholders a majority on the remuneration committees, effectively making it harder for top managers to award themselves huge salaries.
He also criticised some of the decisions made by Ed Miliband, including appointing former MP Douglas Alexander to run Labour’s campaign and employing American election strategist David Axelrod.
“Choosing someone who was fighting for his life in his own seat against the SNP and appointing somebody else who had only fought one parliamentary election to run our campaign was a somewhat bizarre decision while importing David Axelrod, at great expense, from America was surprising. What exactly did he do before and during the campaign?”
But he added: “The biggest mistake was putting forward a minimalist agenda – lots of ‘nice’ sensible polices - which had won approval from ‘nice’ people in focus groups – while steering clear of bold radical policies for fear of alienating the electorate and by abdicating the economic argument. The Tories had no such inhibitions.”