Well what a week!
Mrs May had called a General Election when one was not needed because the polls showed her 20 points ahead and she believed she would crush all opposition, external and internal. She called a General Election in the party interest not the national interest. And she was found wanting in the campaign- arrogant and distant. Refusing to show up for debates and staying away from the general public. In contrast Jeremy Corbyn was available and accessible; willing to turn up, stand up and be counted. The weather turned to rain for the last week of campaigning. Canvass teams got soaked and anxiety rose about polling day itself being a wash out. But after some showers early doors the sun came out on what was to be a very good General Election day for Labour locally.
I knew things were going our way from the response I was getting on the doors. People were enthusiastic and pleased to see me. Cars stopped and windows wound down to shake hands and wish me luck. Teenagers stopped me for stickers and selfies. There was a weird carnival atmosphere. Volunteers turned up in droves to the committee rooms to help get the vote out. And the vote was turning out, going up from 57% to 65%. An amazing boost for democracy with younger voters energised by Labour’s message and older people who hadn’t voted before finding their way to the polling station.
After a long night the Scunthorpe County Constituency result was declared. I had gained over 50% of the vote and was being returned for the third time to represent the towns of Bottesford, Kirton—Lindsey, Scunthorpe and the surrounding villages at Westminster. An enormous privilege and responsibility.
It only leaves for me to thank everyone who voted for me, everyone who worked so hard to get me elected and to congratulate my fantastic Agent who is once again Cllr Steve Swift after being elected to serve the Brumby Ward in the council by-election that took place on the same day.