Vernon Coaker lost Gedling after 22 years to Conservative Tom Randall - by just 679 votes.
Mr Coaker said there were a number of factors at play: "Jeremy Corbyn was brought up on the doorstep on a number of occasions. Brexit was obviously an issue.
"Also some people felt the Labour Party had to find a way to reconnect with traditional communities.
"But at the end of the day we stood for what we believed in. We fell just short but it was a privilege to do that."