May I thank the people of Enfield Southgate for the privilege and pleasure of representing you as MP for 12 years. It is a great constituency, full of great people, associations and concerns. Than you also for the 20634 electors who voted for me on June 8th.
This election was the third time in 20 years when a big swing has unseated the incumbent Enfield Southgate MP. Each time the result raised serious questions for the losing party and, as I said at the count, for the Conservatives we need to develop an agenda full of hope, aspiration and compassion. We need to reflect and listen to the result, and get ready to return to the fray for the local Council elections next year.
I congratulate Bambos Charalambous on his victory and wish him well in his service of our local area. I would like to say thank you for all the kind messages that I have received since the elections, particularly from those across the political spectrum. In a time in politics of division and discord, what gets less attention are the times when politicians work on a cross party basis, such as when we opposed extending Sunday Trading and secured support for refugees, relationships education and preventing homelessness. Given the new Parliament’s arithmetic there will be need for more cross party working in the national interest.
I now look forward to spending more time with my wife and children, who have been such a great support. I will continue to champion social justice causes like recovery from addiction and homelessness and look forward to new opportunities to serve our community.
Finally can I thank my staff who have given such loyal service for countless constituents, and especially to Jane Kelly who has worked tirelessly for me for 12 years in my constituency office.
Former MP for Enfield Southgate 2005-2017