Saturday, June 6, 2009

Thank you

Thank you to everyone who voted for me on Thursday, to everyone who helped my campaign and to everyone who offered moral support.

Special thanks go to Chris Howell for making so many personal sacrifices to try to get me elected and for being such an excellent ward councillor.

I was obviously very disappointed with the result, which was expected to be much closer. However, the electorate has spoken and we have plenty of work to be getting on with following up new issues that have come to light during the latter part of the year as well as ongoing work on older issues.

Congratulations to my opponent, Cllr Tariq Sadiq and thanks to the Labour team for working well with us on issues where we had common ground during the year. I have no doubt that Tariq will work hard for Coleridge residents although we hope that he won't be deserting Coleridge in the run up to his campaign to become the MP for South Cambridgeshire!

The county council remains Conservative controlled, which is great news for those of us who don't want loony Lib Dem policies such as congestion charging implemented. We will be watching the new administration carefully and will do our best to make sure that it serves Coleridge and city residents well in the context of poor grant settlements from the government.

(Pictured: candidate's father helping to get out the vote on Hobart Road.)

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