Terrific success for Julian Sturdy MP, and other resultsPosted by Ellee on May 7, 2010 in 2010 general election | 14 comments
I was naturally thrilled that we won in York Outer where a very close campaign was fought between Conservative candidate Julian Sturdy and his Lid Dem rival Madeleine Kirk, who was tipped to win.
It was always neck and neck and a top target seat for both parties who were desperate for success. However, Julian’s honest campaign convinced voters that he should be the first MP of this new constituency, and he well deserves his outstanding success, particularly in light of the so-called Lib-Dem bounce which failed to materialise here. He won with a majority of almost 3,700. I was ecstatic when I heard about Julian’s victory, and he is pictured here with his lovely wife Victoria.
As well as campaigning on local issues to protect the green belt and NHS issues, particularly the withdrawal of spinal injections for chronic back pain sufferers, Julian’s work as a farmer will bring much needed knowledge into parliament as agricultural issues have been lamentably ignored by Labour.
*I would also like to congratulate Nigel Adams on his outstanding success in Selby & Ainsty, and he also had to contend with a house move at the beginning of his campaign too. He secured almost double the votes of Labour, and almost three times as many as Lib Dems.
*I instantly sent a text last night to Rob Halfon MP on hearing about his well deserved success after 10 years as a candidate; that in itself is a testament to his commitment for Harlow. I fired off a similar message to the inexhaustible Louise Bagshawe, now MP for Corby. Both Rob and Louise beat Labour ministers to secure their Westminster seats, and I congratulate them both and know they will be outstanding.
*My two personal biggest disappointments of the night were that Nigel Huddleston failed to win Luton South back from Labour, though neither did Esther Rantzen, despite her extensive national coverage in the national press, and I feel for Janice Small too, knowing that like Nigel, she put 110% too into her campaign in Batley % Spen. I know she must be feeling gutted that she failed to topple Labour too, but nobody could have done more or had better supporters.
What now? There is much confusion about what happens next. I regard our success last night as the foundations of a new Conservative future, and we need to somehow get down to the business of running the next government, preferably without the Lib Dems.