Last night was a hugely disappointing night for Labour. We lost both seats in Plymouth and failed to defeat David Cameron and George Osborne.
I’m gutted Labour didn’t win, but I’m really proud of my campaign and the volunteers who helped me win the support of 17,500 people. We were just 500 votes off winning and closed the gap with a swing towards Labour bucking the national trend.
I want to thank everyone who has helped me deliver leaflets, speak to voters, put up posters and all those who voted for me.
Plymouth gets a raw deal from Government. The last five years saw the south west hit hard by Tory cuts. The next five years will see Plymouth hit with more cuts, more austerity and more privatisations. Plymouth now only has Tory MPs and they’ll vote for every additional cut and every additional privatisation. We cannot sit back and accept this.
Labour must learn the lessons from this election defeat, but for now I want to thank everyone who has helped me. I feel genuinely humbled by the support given to me and Plymouth Labour. I’m sorry I was not able to deliver the victory we all wanted and worked so hard for. It was a tough night for Labour but I’m not the type of person who gives up and I won’t give up on my home city.
I’m hugely grateful to my organiser Hollie and the Plymouth Labour team for all their work. We could not have done anything more. Thank you and please, please fight on.