by phildunn on 9 June, 2017
It’s the morning after the night before and after a few hours to reflect on last night’s result in Bournemouth West I’m feeling quietly satisfied that the Liberal Democrat vote withstood the Jeremy Corbyn tide.
My Green Party and Pirate Party opponents suffered badly, loosing their deposits as the Labour bandwagon rolled over them, delivering a huge vote, way beyond anything seen in Bournemouth for decades. For those who voted Labour yesterday, however, they must be left feeling where they go next. After weeks of media coverage which turned this election into a presidential-style run-off between Jeremy Corbyn and Theresa May they saw the Conservatives actually increase their vote and consolidate their grip on the constituency, largely at the expense of UKIP (who also lost their deposit).
To have retained our vote share and improve our placing, off the back of no media coverage locally and extremely little national coverage, was a glowing testament to all those volunteers who have worked so hard in sun and rain over the last few weeks. It was just “one of those things” that our local message was entirely eclipsed by the national story, but we will be ready for the next election which, we suspect, will come sooner rather than later.
In conclusion I’d like to thank all those people who kept their faith in the Lbieral Democrats and voted for me to be their Member of Parliament. I also want to give special thanks to Amir, Emma, Jack, Jon, Gill, Peter, Al and all the campaign team that have been so tirelessly supportive. That’s the dry run out of the way….!Leave a comment