Birmingham City Council's Labour leadership has promised to encourage more African-Caribbean community candidates to come forward in future following a protest over its lack of diversity.
About 40 people gathered to demonstrate at the new Labour administration and its mainly white male Cabinet. Of eight councillors selected only one is Asian and one is a woman.
But Labour issued a statement insisting it was committed to all residents of the city and would look to encourage more party candidates from the African Caribbean community at elections.
Labour leader Sir Albert Bore said: “We acknowledge that some in the African Caribbean community feel under-represented and we have already had productive talks with leaders of the community.
“We are keen to develop a leadership programme in partnership with the African Caribbean community to encourage greater participation in politics, particularly amongst the younger generation.”