The leader of Nottingham City Council has called for the former Labour MP Chris Leslie to stand down.
It comes after the Nottingham East MP and six others resigned from the Labour Party, citing differences over Brexit and differences with the leadership of the party.
The Labour leader of the council, Councillor Jon Collins, said categorically he did not want the job, but argued there had been long-standing concern in Nottingham East about Mr Leslie.
In September last year, the Mapperley Labour Party branch held a vote of no confidence in their MP.
Councillor Collins, who represents the St Ann’s ward for Labour, said: “Chris labours under the misapprehension that the unhappiness in Nottingham East was all some hard-left Momentum-inspired plot.
“But I think the reality is there was widespread unhappiness with the fact he was hardly ever seen in the constituency, and didn’t feel the need to do regular advice surgeries or do much casework, unlike our other two MPs.
“He seemed broadly disinterested in Nottingham and that definitely has generated a view that well if he wants to go, that’s up to him and I’m sure the Labour party will be able to find somebody far more enthusiastic and energetic about representing local people and local people’s concerns.
“The sooner Chris steps down and gives us the opportunity to elect that kind of person the better.”
Asked directly if he was interested in the job, he said: “No. Absolutely not. I can’t think of anything worse.”
Speaking on February 18 as he resigned from the party at a press conference in Westminster, Mr Leslie said: “The Labour Party we joined and campaigned for and believed in is no longer today’s Labour Party.
“We did everything we could to save it. But it has now been hijacked by the machine politics of the hard left.
“Our values haven’t changed. We absolutely oppose this Conservative Government.
“But British politics is now well and truly broken.
“In all conscience, we can no longer knock on doors and support a government led by Jeremy Corbyn or the team around him.
“The evidence of Labour’s betrayal on Europe is now visible for all to see. Offering to actually enable this government’s Brexit, constantly holding back from allowing the public a final say.
“Choosing to stand by while our constituents lives and future opportunities are hurt by Brexit is a fundamental violation of Labour’s traditional values.
“Our differences go far deeper than Brexit. The past three years have confirmed how irresponsible it would be to allow this leader of the opposition to take the office of Prime Minister.
“Many people still in the Labour Party will privately admit this to be true. We owe it to our constituents to say it publicly and honestly.”