I was absolutely delighted and honoured to have been re-elected as the Member of Parliament for Northampton North. This is the third time I have won the General Election vote in Northampton North, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their support.
I have worked very hard over the past seven years to serve all the residents of Northampton North and will be working as hard as ever to represent everyone to the very best of my abilities.
Northampton is my home town and I take my public duty to serve very seriously. I always stand up for what I believe is in the best interest of Northampton and I will do so again in this Parliament.
My share of the vote increased by 4.8% from the increase in 2015, bringing my total vote share to 47.2%.
No fewer than 19,065 people voted for me – the highest amount of votes a Conservative candidate has achieved in Northampton North since 1992.
Having said that, I know there were many who did not vote for me. I look forward to working hard for those people too, as everyone’s local MP over the coming Parliament.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the many volunteers and campaign activists during the election campaign for helping me knock on tens of thousands of doors, canvassing views in Northampton North, including many young people deeply interested in politics who were a magnificent support, and brilliant to have around! We walked literally hundreds of miles in all weathers including burning sunshine and torrential rain to canvass views on the doorsteps.
Nationally, whilst the Conservatives did not receive the desired outright majority, the electorate did still return the Conservative Party to Parliament as the biggest Party.
The electorate returned 318 Conservative MPs compared to 262 Labour MPs, and the Conservatives have more MPs than the Labour Party, the Greens, the Lib Dems, the SNP and Plaid Cymru combined – 318 to 314.
To put this Election into perspective, the Conservatives won more votes this year than Tony Blair’s Labour did in 1997 when they won 418 MPs. Theresa May led the Party to its best vote share in a General Election since 1983.
The next few years are very important for our country’s future with the Brexit negotiations and we all must come together to ensure stability and prosperity for many years to come.