A north-east Labour MSP said he hopes parliamentary colleagues will officially back nine suspended councillors.
The group on Aberdeen City Council was suspended from Scottish Labour after it made an unauthorised deal with the Conservatives last year following the council elections.
North East Labour MSP Lewis Macdonald, speaking at the launch of an online petition in support of the so-called “Aberdeen Nine”, said discussions have taken place between MSPs on the issue.
The politician, whose wife Sandra is one of the suspended party members, added: “I know there will be further discussion on this among MSPs and I suspect many will agree with me that our job is to support our elected representatives and not undermine them.
“I hope that will become the established position of the group as a whole.”
Mr Macdonald added the group has “clearly demonstrated” a commitment to delivering Labour policies in the city.
Dame Anne Begg, former Aberdeen South MP, who was also present at the launch at Union Terrace Gardens yesterday, said she is “outraged” at the treatment of councillors.
She added: “I think it’s appalling, the lack of natural justice in the way their case has been dealt with.”
Microbiologist Professor Hugh Pennington, a local Labour activist, said he was prompted to start the petition because he feels the councillors are being treated “very unfairly”.
The Scottish Executive Committee decided against ending the suspension when it met recently, and the National Executive may decide to expel the nine from the party.
The petition calls on for an end to the suspension, and to restore their full rights as Labour Party members without delay.
SNP Group Leader, Councillor Stephen Flynn said: “The reality is that these councillors supported cuts to the social care budget, have pushed through a new operating model without knowing the conse-quences and rejected investment in tackling homelessness – forgive me for not caring about their crocodile tears.”
Councillor Jenny Laing, Aberdeen Labour group leader, said: “Once again Stephen Flynn is reinventing history as the administration I lead has increased spending on social care, education and is committed to building 2,000 council homes within the next four years.
“This is in sharp contrast to the one and only time the SNP ran this city when they inflicted £127 million pounds of cuts to frontline services and brought the city to the brink of bankruptcy.”
Labour’s National Executive Committee (NEC) could make a decision on the councillors’ fate when it meets on Tuesday.