Please note this post is from my previous blog. To read my posts during the 2017 General Election campaign click here.
The results are in! I am absolutely delighted to have received 12,438 votes in the General Election, or 27% of the vote – an increase of 2.1% on 2010 and the best result for the Conservatives in Greenwich & Woolwich since the constituency was created in 1997.
I’ve offered my congratulations to Matt Pennycook and his team on a very strong campaign – I sincerely wish him all the best as he sets out on what I’m sure will be a very successful Parliamentary career. You can watch the declaration and both his and my speeches in the video at the bottom of this blog post.
My thanks to everyone who has helped my campaign over the last year – a terrific team of friends and volunteers, lots of new members who joined the party to support our efforts, my fellow Greenwich Conservative councillors and most of all, my wonderful, incredibly supportive and unbelievably understanding family.
I am very proud of the campaign we fought in Greenwich & Woolwich – talking to thousands of residents about the issues that matter to them and making sure that we take no vote for granted in the north of the borough. I have enjoyed every minute and have been overwhelmed, in particular, by the support for my Sort It, Southeastern campaign to stand up for local commuters and my efforts to tackle low pay and promote the Living Wage locally. These campaigns will continue.
I’m also delighted that we made such strong progress in the Greenwich West council by-election, also held on Thursday. Thomas Turrell, in addition to doing a terrific job as my agent and campaign manager, put in a very strong performance as our by-election candidate, taking us into second place in the word with an impressive 2,466 votes (28% – up 10 percentage points on our third-place position at last year’s local elections).
Elsewhere, despite a huge amount of hard work, I am deeply sorry that my friend and colleague Spencer Drury was not elected as the strong, local Conservative MP that Eltham so badly needs. Spencer has campaigned tirelessly for Eltham residents – running strong campaigns to highlight the poor state of council housing in the borough and securing much-needed restoration work for our war memorials – and he deserved the victory that so many residents were hoping for.
Nationally, I am thrilled to see such an emphatic victory for David Cameron, and the formation of the Conservative majority government that we have all been working towards for these five years. The Prime Minister struck exactly the right tone on the steps of Number 10 yesterday – ‘governing as party of one nation, one United Kingdom’ – and I am delighted that we now have the opportunity we needed to finish the job of dealing with the deficit, creating even more growth and jobs, continuing to improve our school system and protecting and improving the NHS. We have a strong mandate, and will deliver.
The only thing left for me to say is an enormous thank you to everyone in Greenwich & Woolwich who voted on Thursday – and especially to everyone who marked their ballot for me to become their MP. It was a truly humbling sight and one for which I am extremely grateful.
We live in a wonderful place – the greatest borough in the greatest city in the world – and it has been a privelege to meet so many different people and so many of the wonderful groups and organisations that serve our community. I have enjoyed every minute.