I would just like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to everyone who has tweeted me both publicly and privately thanking me for my tweets over the last 7 weeks since the General Election was called.
I have tweeted tirelessly day and night, written several blogs and given feedback to local press and advice to people who were unsure which way to vote. I have had messages from people informing me they voted Labour all thanks to my tweets, many of which included factual news articles.
This election campaign has been fantastic from Labour’s point of view. In 2015, when Ed Miliband stood as leader, Labour achieved around 28% of the vote, yet Jeremy Corbyn has managed to prove his critics and detractors wrong by increasing Labour’s vote share to 40%. The Conservatives archived 42%.
Here in Thurrock, Labour failed to win the seat from incumbent Conservative MP Jackie Doyle-Price, which was very disappointing. However, the good news is John Kent did increase Labour’s vote to 19,535 votes, an increase of 6.2% compared to 2015.
The Conservatives achieved 19,880 votes, an increase of 5.8% compared to 2015. Labour has cut the Conservative majority from 536 votes to 345.
But the biggest loser was UKIP. Tim Aker achieved 10,112 votes, a collapse of 11.9% compared to 2015.
Over the coming weeks we will be in for some turbulent times. Theresa May’s ‘coalition of chaos’ with the DUP will not last as her position as Prime Minister is no longer tenable. Her deal with the DUP is being branded the ‘Bad Friday Agreement’ on social media.
We must be prepared for another snap election this side of Christmas.
Theresa May has jeopardised Brexit and the Good Friday Agreement, while the Conservatives have caused Leave supporters a great deal of anger. But the next election will be a game-changer: the Conservatives’ constituencies that voted Leave are very likely to be target by an angry UKIP who will whip up support because Theresa May cannot deliver her hard Brexit. UKIP will split the vote in these seats – and this could be very good news for Labour.
Last night, Jeremy Corbyn laid the foundations for a new left-wing Government thanks to the brilliant campaign he led. I am immensely proud to have been part of the social media platform which has made a difference for Labour.
From a simple tweet to a knock at the door, from a phone call to delivering a leaflet – everyone involved in Jeremy Corbyn’s campaign has made a difference and you should all be proud of your achievements.
Once again, thank you.