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Art De Rivers : Reporting From Birmingham North
Birmingham MP to quit Commons in bid to be first mayor
Sion Simon MP said he was initially sceptical about the need for mayors
Birmingham Erdington MP Sion Simon is to step down from Parliament and as a minister to campaign to become the city's first elected mayor.
He will give up his seat at the next election to lobby for the city to adopt the elected mayor system.
Mr Simon, 41, told the BBC: "The answer to Birmingham's problems simply don't lie in London.
"I'm certainly committed to putting myself forward and becoming the Labour candidate."
Some local people have said his responses back to constituents took months and they were not happy with that . Others were aware of his research and journalist background with the Telegraph and the fact that he wrote in the local Great Barr Observer every few weeks trotting out for local consumption ritualistic support of the Labour Party whose policies did little for areas of either Kingstanding or Erdington which together formed the "Erdington" constituency where he is the sitting M.P.
Does Sion Simon stand a chance of becoming the Mayor of Birmingham as he shifts sideways into that promised land ? Ask the people in Kingstanding and Erdington ...
In December, Mr Simon was forced to apologise after it emerged he rented a second home from his sister, in contravention of Commons rules.
He promised to repay a sum, thought to run to about £20,000, saying it had been an oversight.