LOCAL ELECTIONS: Heartland defeat was a blow - MP; ERDINGTON.
The Erdington MP spoke after seeing the Conservatives make gains across his patch, which has traditionally been a Labour stronghold.
"It was an awful night for Labour," he said.
"The results were disappointing to say the least and we were looking to do a lot better.
"As a Government we have to listen to ordinary working class voters in Labour heartlands like Erdington more clearly if we want to be successful in the future."
Mr Simon blamed national issues for Labour's poor running in Birmingham.
"I am sure the voters wanted to send a message to the Government on a national level and were not voting on the hard work Labour activists and councillors have done in Erdington," he said.