- Published: Friday, 30 March 2012 15:00
- Written by Jonathan Walker
Liam Byrne has won the endorsement of some of Labour's most impressive national figures in his bid to become mayor of Birmingham - as well as fulsome praise from party leader Ed Miliband.
The line up of supporters includes former foreign secretary David Miliband, former chancellor Alistair Darling and Peter Mandelson.
Their backing may help to cement his claim that he has the knowledge and the authority to stand up on a national and international stage and fight for Birmingham, thanks to his experience in government. His last job before the general election was as Chief Secretary to the Treasury, the second-in-command behind the Chancellor.