A former Labour transport minister and Solihull councillor has been nominated to take on the role of West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner.
In a shock move, ex-MP David Jamieson gained the official party nomination for the £100,000 post vacated by the recent death of PCC Bob Jones.
It was widely thought that Birmingham Labour stalwart and city councillor Yvonne Mosquito, who is acting PCC, would secure the party’s vote for the election on August 21.
Ms Mosquito, who will run as deputy, had been deputy to Mr Jones since November 2012.
Mr Jamieson was born in Solihull in 1947.
He was formerly an MP for Plymouth Devonport and served as a Government whip and junior transport minister until quitting parliament in 2005.
He became a Solhull councillor in 2010 but lost his seat to a UKIP candidate in May.
Mr Jamieson, a former teacher in Saltley, said: “I am honoured to have been selected and my first vow is to carry on Bob’s good work.”
“I am delighted that Yvonne has been appointed Acting Police and Crime Commissioner.
“It is recognition of the work she has done alongside Bob Jones over the last two years.”
Ms Mosquito added: “David Jamieson will make an excellent Police and Crime Commissioner.
“David is greatly experienced and will be a superb advocate for all the communities of the West Midlands.
“If elected I look forward to carrying on my previous role as Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner and deliver on Bob’s legacy with David.”
Labour’s Policing Minister and Erdington MP Jack Dromey said: “The West Midlands can count on a great leadership team in David and Yvonne to stand up for what local people want, neighbourhood policing and safety and security in their homes and streets.”