Labour Assembly Members are said to have informally agreed to back Ken Livingstone as their candidate for Mayor in 2012, Tory Troll can reveal.
Some Labour AMs had initially opposed the idea of Ken running again, but according to one of their number, changed their minds when it became clear that he may run either with or without them.
The key to their decision is thought to have been the possibility that he might stand against them as an independent candidate or even as a candidate for the Green Party instead.
However, a senior Green source said the party have had no talks with Livingstone, who would have to become a member and go through a lengthy selection process before even being considered.
Similarly Ken would need the backing of the wider Labour party if he were to ever run again on a Labour ticket.
Relationships between the Labour group and Ken have always been complicated, starting as they did in opposition to him in 2000.
John Biggs was initially scathing of the former mayor and Ken would often jokingly refer to the 2000 intake as Labour's 'second eleven'.
When he rejoined the party in 2004, several Assembly Members hoped that he would only run for one more term before handing over to another candidate, most likely Diane Abbot.
Their informal decision to back Ken for 2012 has therefore only become known through the loose lips of one Labour Assembly Member, who shall remain anonymous.
It seems highly unlikely that the group as a whole will formally back his candidature until at least after the next general election.
But with Ken still in the public eye, and with no other candidate yet to play their hand, it looks increasingly likely that Labour will turn to him once again.