I just wanted to say a massive thank you to all of you for all your amazing hard work and commitment and your fantastic spirit during these past few weeks. Whether you displayed a board, delivered leaflets, canvassed, tweeted, shared updated, attended hustings, managed street stalls – no matter how big or small your involvement – Thank You!
Most importantly, thank you for your votes.
You are all such wonderful people – willing to give your time, passion and energy for a cause you believe in. If there were more people like you, the world would be an infinitely better place.
We did very well. We dented Jeremy Hunt’s majority, highlighted the vital issues that matter not just in SW Surrey but, it seems, across the country – NHS, education, public services, Brexit, the environment – but particularly the NHS. We forced Jeremy Hunt to address his record on the NHS and all he could do was come out with the same old sound bites and accuse us of not telling the truth! Honestly? – That is really desperate!
I’m still digesting the result and its meaning for us all but overall it’s incredibly positive. It is almost unheard of for a small party to make such gains. It shows that at least 12,093 people in SW Surrey are really concerned about the NHS and the other issues we raised. You have sent Jeremy Hunt a strong message to express that concern.
We did have a progressive alliance in practice, where it really mattered. That’s why we came second. The support from the Green Party, and the Labour and Lib Dem members who campaigned for me was incredibly important and is a strong foundation for future collaborative work around progressive policies in the area.
We should all be very proud.
I’ll write again so we can re-group. We may have another election sooner than we think so, let’s give ourselves more than 32 days next time….
Enjoy the weekend…