Bringing People Together
When I was a younger man I would think little of going without sleep for 30 hours but now I'm starting to go for the 'distinguished grey around the temples' look (George Clooney does very well out of it!) I was concerned that I might not have lasted the pace since being up well before the lark on Thursday morning to kick off the final day's campaigning.
Fortunately the groundwork put in over weeks, months and even years leading up to the big day by all three Lib Dem candidates - responding to concerns of residents, knocking on doors, discussing issues on the doorstep, delivering untold numbers of leaflets (Don't worry, they've stopped for a while........well, assuming we don't go to the country again in just a few months' time), writing letters to the papers, corresponding on websites such as this and Hampton Online and just generally being a visible presence in and around the village - has all paid off.
When the votes were counted Janet Langhorne, Suzette Nicholson and myself were all declared the winners in Hampton Ward.
I'm sure I speak for Janet and Suzette when I say how much we all appreciate the confidence you have shown in choosing us as your ward councillors. It was a long campaign and one made all the more enjoyable by the spirited campaign conducted by the Conservatives. I think it was entirely fitting that of the three Conservative Candidates it was John who polled the highest number of votes and is testament to the hard work that he did in getting out and about within the ward and working with residents about issues which concerned them.
We now have four years to work on your behalf. We hope to more than repay the trust you have shown us in choosing the Lib Dems candidates as your ward councillors.
Thank you all.