Labour is likely to wait for at least another year before selecting a candidate to run for elected mayor of Birmingham, the Post has learned.
The party wants to wait for the result of a referendum on whether people want an elected mayor before choosing a runner. The referendum is due to be held in May 2012, with the first mayoral election in May 2013.
Conservative and Liberal Democrat parties are also in no hurry to select mayoral candidates.
Most councillors in Birmingham are against the idea, and want to continue with a leader-cabinet system of governance.
Only one mainstream politician has declared a wish to become mayor of Birmingham – former Erdington Labour MP Sion Simon. He is expected to face a tough challenge from the council’s opposition Labour leader Sir Albert Bore.