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Sion Simon, says "the journey goes on, but the route will have to change"

Sion Simon, Former Labour MP for Erdington and one of the leaders of the "Yes" campaign, resigned his seat two years ago because he wanted to become the first Mayor of Birmingham.

He said that Birmingham could have voted "No" because it's supporters didn't get their case across.

The truth I think is that the campaign always captured the chattering classes.

It was always successful in the media and business industry, and we never really knew whether it got out on the streets, and I think it didn't.

– Sion Simon, former Labour MP for Birmingham

Clean up after Birmingham votes "No"

The empty ICC, just moments after it was announced that Birmingham had voted "No" Credit: ITV Central

Almost two hours ahead of schedule it was announced that Birmingham had voted "No" against a Directly Elected Mayor.

With an electorate of 754,765 people, only 27.65% of people turned out to vote.

Over half of those who did voted no, with 58% of the vote was against.

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