Steve McCabe has called for more people to report violence in the streets after being injured on Monday evening.
The Labour MP for Birmingham Selly Oak sustained injuries after having a brick thrown at his face by two individuals on motorcycles.
He has appealed for witnesses to come forward privately to him in the incident.
McCabe told Julia Hartley-Brewer how the incident unfolded.
He said: "I was out with some Labour volunteers. We were canvassing a part of my constituency.
"A couple of characters came down the road, racing, crisscrossing the street, doing wheelies. I shouted at them to pack it in a couple of times or I’d call the police.
"They left momentarily, but they came back, confronted me and threw a brick at my head.
"They were saying that they controlled the streets and no one was going to tell them what they can or can’t do."
The MP maintained this was a sign of a wider issue.
He told Julia: "This is the issue now - who controls our streets?
"Obviously I’d say don’t put yourself in danger, but I think you should report these matters. Use Crimestoppers, which you can do anonymously.
"We need to build up proper intelligence and prosecute people, it's as simple as that.
"This is about whether they control our streets and neighbourhoods or whether ordinary, decent people can go about their business."